A Century of Maternal Experiences of Incarceration (Policy Conference)

On Tuesday 26 June 2018, Dr Rachel Bennett and Professor Hilary Marland are convening a one-day conference at the University of Warwick, A Century of Maternal Experiences of Incarceration.

 Based on research from the Wellcome-funded project Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland 1850-2000, the day will gather academics and practitioners to explore issues around imprisoning mothers that endure, even 100 years after the prison system as we know it was established. Areas we will explore include:

  • Historical and contemporary debates on whether prison is an acceptable place for mothers and children.
  • How have the medical and emotional needs of pregnant women and new mothers been identified and advocated for over the past century and how can this can inform present conversations?
  • How do medical practices of the past inform present and future policy?

The day is structured around three themes:

  •  Rights and Access to Maternity Care for Women in Prison
  • Pre- and Post-Natal Choice and Agency for Women in Prison
  • Medical and Emotional Needs and Support for Mothers in Prison.

 We will be joined by speakers including:

  • Laura Abbott (University of Hertfordshire, midwife)
  • Rachel Dolan (University of Manchester)
  • Naomi Delap (Birth Companions)
  • Jenny Crane (University of Warwick)
  • Lucy Baldwin (De Montfort University, Leicester).

Three artists / artistic organisations will join us on the day:

  • Fuel and Sabrina Mahfouz, to discuss Lock Her Up, audio pieces responding to historical research on women in prison
  • Geese Theatre, to discuss On The Inside, a project in HMP Peterborough’s Mother & Baby Unit
  • Natalie Scott: to discuss her forthcoming book of poetry, Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison

Delegate places are by invitation only, but you will be able to follow the day via our live tweet at @histprisnhealth #100yearsWIP.

Download the agenda

This event has been made possible by the financial support from the Warwick Public Engagement Fund and the Wellcome Trust.

Image Credit: National Justice Museum, Nottingham