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Shackling Pregnant Women Poses Risks to Mother and Fetus

By Danielle Dallaire, PhD (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary) and Rebecca Shlafer, PhD (Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health) at the University of Minnesota) Since 1990, the number of women incarcerated in the United States has more than doubled. Although much has been written about the overall poor health of incarcerated individuals, most of this work has […]

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There Are No Words: Postpartum Mood Disorders and Miriam Carey’s Death

Pregnant woman and spouse

By Walker Karraa, PhD ( (APA Division of Trauma Psychology, 2014 Program  Co-Chair; Perinatal Mental Health Contributor, Science and Sensibility; American College of Nurse-Midwives) In 2010 a crowd gathered at the United States Capitol to celebrate the passage of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act—legislation dedicated to comprehensive federal research, education and voluntary support services for postpartum depression. The MOTHERS Act was heralded as a landmark moment in the national discourse […]

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Reproductive Justice is Essential to Women’s Physical and Mental Health

Woman holding necklace with female symbol as pendant

By Joan Chrisler, PhD (Chair, APA Committee on Women in Psychology) Decisions about whether – and when – to bear children have long-term consequences for women’s lives.  In order to make those decisions, women need to be able to control their own bodies and exercise their rights. Too often women are unable to make those decisions “free of discrimination, coercion, and violence,” as the World Health Organization (ICPD Programme of […]

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