Hot Topics in Managing Pregnant Women in Jail-Based Settings

February 20, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Pregnant women present a unique set of medical, social, logistical, and custody issues for the jails. This webinar, presented by an Ob/Gyn who was worked in jails and worked on developing best practices guidelines, will highlight some of the challenges and opportunities for jails to safely and appropriately care for and house pregnant women.  Topics covered will include management of pregnant women with opioid use disorder, systems to ensure standard prenatal care, use of restraints in pregnancy, breastfeeding programs for postpartum women, and operational issues related to all of these.  


Presenter: Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University, where she is assistant professor in the Department of Gyn/Ob at the School of Medicine and in Health, Behavior and Society at the School of Public Health. She has worked extensively on reproductive health issues affecting incarcerated women for over a decade, from providing clinical care to women in jail, to research, policy, and advocacy aimed at improving and standardizing reproductive health care for women in custody. Dr. Sufrin serves on the board of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care as the liaison for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.