For over 13 years, Birth Behind Bars has been a pioneer organization, caring for pregnant inmates. Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI founded Birth Behind Bars 2001 as an inmate program in two jails in Tampa Bay, Florida. For over 15 years, she and her staff worked with a programming team within the jail to provide childbirth classes, parenting classes, doula services, labor support, and personal counseling to hundreds of inmates. As a result of this body of work, Janice Banther became a nationally recognized expert of developing pregnant inmate support programs throughout America.
She has helped birth professionals start their own inmate programs in states such as Vermont and Georgia and she has gone on site in West Columbia, West Virginia to Lakin Correctional Center to train prison staff on how to care for pregnant inmates and the new born child.
Pregnant inmates make up 8% - 10% of the jail/prison population at any given time in the
United States. Our mission is to help train birth professionals and the prison staff on how to help these forgotten
women in jails and prisons across the country.
Childbirth Educators, Birth Doulas, Parenting Educators and others who work with pregnant women can teach childbirth classes, parenting, and if allowed, be doulas for them at their birth.