Monday, April 27, 2015

The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project is a non profit, non partisan news organization covering America's criminal justice system.

We were contacted by one of their reporters, Simone Weichselbaum, last fall wanting to do a story on our prison doula project. She came to Minneapolis from New York to interview and follow us around in early February 2015. 

We have received a lot of positive response since the article came out in April 2015.

Thank you Simone and The Marshall Project! 

Rae, Erica and Simone
Erica and Simone

Simone interviewing Rae in her home, February 2015

Simone and Rae

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sheila Kitzinger

On April 12th, 2015 Sheila Kitzinger passed away. She, in many ways, inspires the work that we do as birth workers. In addition to writing one of the only books we recommend for mothers to read during pregnancy, The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth, she also had a special interest in prison birth advocacy. She was happy to hear about our work here in Minnesota with incarcerated mothers and we were thrilled to tell her about it.

We will continue to benefit from what she has taught us and will be forever thankful for the wisdom she has shared. Thank you Sheila, our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Below is an email response that Erica received when we first told her of our work.

Dear Erica,

I can arrange for 4 copies of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth and - very important for  your other helpers I think - one of The Politics of Birth to be sent to your address if you let me have details. I''ll do it through

I am so glad to be in touch with you and I'd love to hear how your work is going. 

Best wishes,


Maternity guru Sheila Kitzinger  Photo: GETTY

Friday, March 13, 2015

Raising Heaven

Our staff had the opportunity to review the manuscript of a new book called Raising Heaven from the Locked Out series by Patrick Jones. The book is about a teenage girl who's mother is pregnant in prison and is working with a doula. It was fun to be able to give feedback about what we do as prison doulas so the story could be realistic. Thank you Mr. Jones for dedicating your book to our project, that means a lot to us!  

Get your copy here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


This week we put on our very first webinar -- How to Start a Prison Doula Program. Professionals from all over the country (and one from Canada!) attended and we think it went very well! A HUGE thank you to the University of Minnesota for making it happen, we appreciate all your support and could not have done it without you. We were so excited to share with others about the work we are doing with incarcerated mothers here in Minnesota and can not wait to hear about the successes of other programs!

Erica- Program Director

Rae- Program Coordinator and Erica- Program Director getting ready to start!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With great appreciation, we thank you...

As 2014 comes to a close we want to share our heartfelt thanks to those who have supported us throughout the year.

This is a list of some of those people...

Jody Alexander
Jessica Anderson
Jeff Baker
Colleen Bell
Brooke Benson
Kris Beuch
Chloe Britzius
Rachel Chrastil
Jessica Flannigan
Christina Gehring
Josh Gerrity
Sharon Gerrity
Becky Gulstad
Meghan Heffner
Robert Hofmann
Lisa Jost
Whitney Kontaxakis
Cara Kreuziger
Marla Kuchler
Susan Lane
Amy Langenfeld
Rand Levy
Hope Lien
Mardag Foundation
Lauren Marsh
Sandy McCaul
Kristin McCarthy
Megan Olson
Kathryn & Patrick Orr
Debby Prudhomme
Gloria Quiroga
Christine Rintoul
Dr. Rebecca Shlafer
Nora Smyth
Pamela Smyth
Kristen Tea
Michelle Thomas
Lori Timlin
Melissa Toavs
University of Minnesota 
Trish Welte
Clare Welter
Mary Williams
Women's Foundation
Evelyn Yaeggy
Crystal Yakacki

Cheers to 2015, 

Erica Gerrity, Project Director & Rae Baker, Project Coordinator 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our director, Erica Gerrity, is named a Changemaker by Minnesota Women's Press!

We are so proud of our director, Erica Gerrity! She has been named a Changemaker by Minnesota Women's Press! 

Read the article here

"I believe in a better world for all women and our children, and see this prison work as one tiny stitch in the fabric of a more humane and connected society."
- Erica Gerrity, program director of Isis Rising

Tuesday, December 2, 2014