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Prenatal care for incarcerated women

Shannon Bell, MD
Ronald E Iverson, Jr, MD
Section Editor
Susan M Ramin, MD
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


While the same standards of obstetric care apply to women whether they are living in correctional facilities or the community, the risk factors associated with incarceration and the operating systems of correctional facilities create obstacles to the provision of routine care for inmates. Challenges include difficulties with communication and transportation, implementation of care plans, follow-up of abnormal tests, and guardianship for newborns after delivery.

This topic will discuss issues encountered in caring for incarcerated pregnant women. While much of the discussion is based on data and experience from the United States, the general care principles can be applied to other locations. Topics on general medical care in correctional facilities, general prenatal care, and the impact of incarceration on children are presented separately.

(See "Clinical care of incarcerated adults".)

(See "Initial prenatal assessment and first-trimester prenatal care".)

(See "Prenatal care (second and third trimesters)".)


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