Pregnancy Behind Bars Explored in New Book

Posted May 8, 2017

In a newly published book, NCCHC board member Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, examines the plight of pregnant women incarcerated in our nation's jails. Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars focuses on the experiences of incarcerated pregnant women and the practices of the jail guards and health providers who care for them. Sufrin uses her ethnographic fieldwork and clinical work as an ob-gyn in a women’s jail to describe how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care.

Sufrin is a medical anthropologist and obstetrician/gynecologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. From 2007 to 2013 she worked as a physician at the San Francisco County jail, where she started a women's health specialty clinic. Her work is dedicated to research, advocacy and care for incarcerated women, especially at the intersection of health care and criminal justice system reform. She earned an MD from Johns Hopkins, a PhD in medical anthropology from University of California at San Francisco and an MA in cultural anthropology from Harvard.

She serves on the NCCHC board of directors as liaison of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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