Giving birth and raising baby under normal circumstances is hard enough but imagine having to do that while behind bars. For the women of Ohio Reformatory for Women, prison is their babies' nursery and playground but the picture of their future isn't as bleak as you'd think.
It's hard to believe that prisons are not legally obligated to provide prenatal care for pregnant inmates. Things are slowly changing and the Ohio Reformatory for Women is part of a growing group of prisons that is going against this accepted practice. Ohio Reformatory for Women's Achieving Baby Care Success (ABC's) Nursery Program opened in June 2001, and educates moms on child health and wellness issues while helping cultivate essential parenting skills. This program is said to increase the likelihood of a new moms successfully re-integrating into the community and keeping her baby rather losing them to the foster care system.
To get full details on how the program works as well as it's positive effect on the lives on the moms and the community go to Essence.com.