Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Please consider our cause...

Isis Rising is 100% privately funded by grants and donations.

Thank you for considering to support our mission of supporting incarcerated mothers in the state of Minnesota!

You may also mail in a contribution to our office at:

Everyday Miracles 
Isis Rising Prison Doula Program 
1121 Jackson St NE #121
Minneapolis, MN 55413 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Words from an Isis participant

A Prayer for Hope and Transformation

Written by an Isis Participant

I come to you tonight September 18, 2012 because I am stuck and I need your help with all of this stuff that keeps me sick, makes me feel as if my feet are in concrete.Help me to become the woman I can be and to embrace the woman I am now.Meet me where I am, hold my hand, guide me, direct me, comfort me, console me, cradle me in your arms, wrap your love around me like a blanket of protection.Help me to be the mother I can for my children, for this baby inside me.Don’t let me go. Don’t make it easy for me to walk away. Give me strength and courage, perseverance, hope, gumption, and a legion of angels to help me fight the battle within myself.Search me and know me. Protect me. Save me…most of all from myself.Love my children. Teach me how to keep my actions in line with my values.Help me to let go and no longer carry this mess.I lay this at your feet with love and hope for transformation.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thank you Isis interns!

We want to give a special thank you to the interns that worked with our program for the 2013-2014 school year! Chloe, Nora and Christine facilitated pregnancy and parenting groups at the prison among many other various important tasks and Marla was largely involved with the anti shackling legislation process. We greatly appreciate their hard work and dedication to Isis Rising and we wish them the best in their bright futures as social workers!! ~Erica and Rae

Chloe, Nora, Christine and Marla

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Radio Show interview

Thank you to Access Minnesota for having Dr. Shlafer and Rae Baker on to talk about the program. Talk a listen: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, June 30, 2014

July 1st, 2014 The new law goes into effect!

Minnesota is the 20th state to have an anti shackling law on the books and the first one to include a provision that allows women access to doula services.

MPR interview by Jessica Anderson from The Children's Defense Fund MN 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Governor Dayton Signs a Law to Help Incarcerated Pregnant Women and their Babies

This week, Governor Dayton signed Senate File 2425, a bill aimed at addressing some of the pregnancy and childbirth needs of incarcerated women.

This legislation is an important step in supporting incarcerated pregnant women and their unborn children in Minnesota. The law limits the use of restraints during pregnancy and the postpartum period; requires pregnancy testing at intake so prenatal care can start early; provides women with educational resources about pregnancy; gives pregnant women the opportunity to have a doula; and mandates that pregnant women have access to mental health care.

We see this as an important step, but it is, in many ways, a baby step. We know that pregnant women in prison and jail often face considerable risks prior to their incarcerations. Many of our Isis Rising clients have experienced poverty, homelessness, drug use, mental health issues, and domestic violence – all of which threaten their health and the health of their unborn children. This law is an essential first step in acknowledging the needs of incarcerated pregnant women and the importance of providing care that will promote maternal and child health in the context of incarceration.

The new law also establishes an advisory committee that will be tasked with considering care and treatment for incarcerated women and girls who are pregnant or have recently given birth. We are hopeful that this advisory committee will offer important guidance on next steps and we look forward to being involved in the process.