Interdisciplinary Institute on the Reproductive Health of Incarcerated Women in Minnesota

October 20, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus, Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health will host an institute that will:

  • Delineate the major reproductive health issues of incarcerated women.
  • Identify best practices and policies to optimize the reproductive health among incarcerated women.
  • Identify best practices and polices for prenatal and postpartum care and education for incarcerated women.

The intended audience is professionals, students, educators, legislators, and researchers in corrections, maternal and child health, reproductive health, women’s health, public health policy, nursing, and medicine.  The institute’s format will include a mix of presentations and small-group case study discussions.

Nationally known speakers will provide presentations about topics that will include:

  • Incarceration as a public health issue
  • Preconception health among incarcerated women
  • Prenatal care for incarcerated women (including doula care)
  • Best practices for postpartum care for incarcerated women
  • Prison nursery programs

Presenters include:

  •  Mary Byrne, Professor, Columbia University
  •  Danielle Dallaire, Associate Professor, William & Mary
  •  Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health, State of Minnesota
  •  Wendy Hellerstedt, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
  •  Rebecca Shlafer, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Participants will examine case studies, in a small-group setting, to facilitate discussion about current issues and controversies related to the reproductive health of incarcerated women, including:

  • Whether pregnancy should be considered in sentencing decisions
  • The practice of shackling during pregnancy and birth
  • Breastfeeding policies for incarcerated women
  • The cost and benefits of prison nurseries

The registration fee is $20.00 (+$2.09 handling).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  There is public and campus transit to the conference site.  For those who drive, free parking will be available in the lot at the conference center.

Individuals who are unable to pay this fee and would like a free/reduced registration, and those who have questions, may contact Sharanya Johnson at

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*Download the event flyer HERE.

Sponsors:  Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, the Irving Harris Programs at the University of Minnesota.


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