Are You Aware of Your Rights If You Are Pregnant?

If you are pregnant and incarcerated, you should know that a new law has gone into effect in California. Effective January 1, 2006, if you are incarcerated, you have a right to: a balanced, nutritious diet; before and after birth information and health care, including vitamins; information on childbirth and infant care; and dental cleanings.
If you give birth while you are in custody, you should NOT be shackled by your wrists, ankles or both during labor, transport to the hospital, delivery, and while in recovery after giving birth.
In monitoring conditions of confinement for pregnant women, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) has found that pregnant women are not being shackled in California from the time they leave the prison until they leave the hospital. This is a tremendous victory; it means that women can move around their rooms while they are in the hospital, that they can feed their babies and change their diapers, and they can go to the bathroom by themselves!
LSPC has also heard that women are not getting the teeth cleanings that are important to the health of their babies.
If you do not receive the above rights, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us.