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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A HUGE thank you to the Okee Dokee Brothers!!

On April 12th the Okee Dokee Brothers put on a great show! Not only did we have a fun time with these guys we were able to raise awareness about parental incarceration and the work we do with mothers specifically. THANK YOU!!!