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Care of Pregnant Women in the Criminal Justice System

Cardaci, Regina MS, RN, CNM

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 9 - p 40–48
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000434171.38503.77
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Overview: Current practices in the treatment and transfer of pregnant inmates in this country may negatively affect maternal and fetal health or well-being. Some violate federal or state laws; others conflict with standards of obstetric care and are widely considered unethical or inhumane. This article discusses these practices; their legal status; and implications for nursing practice, policy, and research.

This article discusses practices used in the treatment of pregnant inmates in the United States, some of which are widely considered unethical or inhumane.

Regina Cardaci is an associate professor of nursing at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, Bayside. The author acknowledges Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN, for her support and guidance; Barbara Cohen, JD, MEd, MS, RN, for her suggestions and clarification of legal issues; and Alex Alexandrou, MFA, for his technical expertise and support in the preparation of this manuscript. Contact author: regina.cardaci@gmail.com. The author and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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