Pregnancy behind bars : a case study of jailed pregnant women

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Pregnant Women, Jails


The research used a qualitative group case study design. Kippendorf’s methodology was employed, which involves assumptions of a qualitative research, background of case study, sampling method, sample, researcher’s Role, data collection and data analysis. In the selection of desired participants, the study set the following criteria: a) must experience pregnancy while in prison, b) must be able to communicate feelings and share experiences effectively, and c) must be willing to participate. Purposive or judgmental sampling technique was used to select five (5) pregnant inmates from a jail facility in the province of Cavite as participants of the study. Data gathering was obtained through the use of tape-recorded interview, group dynamics, and observation method with the permission from the participants expressed in written consent. Bracketing was observed and data collection ended after saturation was reached. In analyzing the data, Colaizzi’s method was used. The study concludes that the experiences of pregnant prison inmates are unique and different from non-incarcerated pregnant women and from other non-pregnant inmates. Compared with other pregnant women, pregnant inmates are not able to optimally provide for the needs of their offspring due to limited facilities and resources, their emotional needs are not sufficiently catered because of a weak support system inside the prison and they share the burden of being imprisoned with their babies. As mothers, their main focus would not be on themselves but on the health and future of their babies. There is also an added longing to be the one to care for the baby as he/she grows but some pregnant inmates are not able to do so because of the restricted environment behind bars.

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