We are still working to gain access inside the prison and are not working directly with clients quite yet.
Prenatally, we support mothers by developing a birth plan, offering in-prison nutritional and childbirth education, promoting mental and physical health practices, and fostering positive co-mentoring relationships. During labor, we meet mothers at the hospital to provide birth coaching, massage, laboring tips, physical support, and emotional reassurance. Our goal is to bridge the expectations of birthing moms with professional medical staff in birth spaces. Each of our doulas is experienced, certified, and familiar with the hospital environment and medical staff present.
After delivery, we remain connected with each mother to ensure the best transition from the hospital to prison re-entry. We offer breastfeeding education within the scope of prison policy directives, and continue doula services via two postpartum follow-up visits. Our collaboration with medical and prison staff seeks promote healthy birth outcomes for moms and their babies. We advocate for a humanizing birth experience that empowers mothers to foster stronger family relationships, and the ability to engage in personal growth throughout motherhood, regardless of incarceration status.
MPDI adheres to the DONA International Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
We operate solely to provide doula care and childbirth education within the scope of the prison system, and are unaffiliated with the advocacy work of other organizations, student groups, or political figures.
MOMS BEYOND BARS
Humanity in childbirth, behind bars, & beyond.
The Michigan Prison Doula Initiative is a nonprofit organization that offers non-medical pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support to individuals affected by imprisonment. We believe that an informed, evidence-based birth experience is a basic human right. Our goal is to provide comprehensive education, professional doula services, and post-release resources to foster agency, self-determination and stronger family relationships.