Sunday, July 19, 2015

Minnesota's new law

On July 1st, 2015 Minnesota's law regarding the treatment of incarcerated women went into full effect spanning across all 87 counties.

Tomorrow our staff hits the road for the first "Prison Doula meet up."

We can not wait to add experienced passionate doulas to our team to meet the demand of this expansion.

Watch for more information on future meet ups. Our first stop is in Duluth, MN, find the information on the meet up here.

More about the new law here.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thank you MPDP interns!!

We want to give a HUGE thank you the 2014-1015 interns!

We greatly appreciate all their help this school year and wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors!

Becky, Megan,
Brooke, Trish

Monday, June 8, 2015

Exciting Changes!

Exciting changes!

As of July 1, 2015 Minnesota's Healthy Beginnings for Babies of Incarcerated Mothers law will go into full effect, extending to all 87 counties in our state. By law, no incarcerated mother in Minnesota will have to endure pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period in restraints. All incarcerated pregnant and postpartum mothers will also be offered the support of a doula. 

As we sadly say goodbye to our beloved goddess Isis and the warm beginnings we found at Everyday Miracles, change our name to reflect the statewide effort that is about to begin. From this point forward, our work will now be called the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. Standby for upcoming announcements detailing expansion of our staff and the reach of our work into new counties and facilities. If you, or anyone you know, has been interested in becoming a part of our project, the time has come.  Please put out the word to anyone you know who may be interested. This year will offer many new opportunities for birth professionals to do this essential work in our state.  

Our former logo depicts a mother holding her baby with her wrists in shackles. We are currently working to create a new symbol to represent the positive progress away from restraints. 

We also will be moving to a new home in the coming weeks. Watch for more updates soon to come, including our new contact information.

We thank you all for your supportive thoughts, words, and actions over the past seven years and hope to share with you our journey ahead, as we partner with incarcerated women for effective change and renewed appreciation for the sacredness of all birth.

We also want to thank Everyday Miracles for helping us the Minnesota Prison Doula Project get its start and for their support over the years.   

In Peace,
For Progress,

Erica, Rae, and all of our devoted staff

Press Release

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: 
Attorney Jennifer Urban 
Urban Birken PLLC 
jenn@urbanbirken.com 
Phone: (612) 284-6441


RE: Isis Rising Prison Doula Project & Everyday Miracles


Prison Doula Project Transitions to University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Everyday Miracles, Inc. is proud to announce the transition of the Isis Rising Prison Doula Project into the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. As of May 15, 2015, the Isis Rising Prison Doula Project will move to a new community partner and from this date forward be known as the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. This transition is an effort to expand pregnancy, birth, and parenting programs to women and girls throughout the state. Watch for the announcement of Minnesota Prison Doula Project’s new home in the coming days.

The Isis Rising Prison Doula Project was created as a program of Everyday Miracles. Since the Isis Rising Prison Doula Project began in 2009, the Project expanded and grew under the auspice of Everyday Miracles. Everyday Miracles wishes the Project continued success in providing essential birth and parenting services to incarcerated women.

Everyday Miracles, Inc. is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation formed in 2003 with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Everyday Miracles seeks to improve birth outcomes by providing childbirth education and professionally trained labor attendants (doulas) to underserved communities.

Minnesota Prison Doula Project is a prison‐based pregnancy, birth, and parenting program provided to incarcerated women. The Project includes individualized support for expectant incarcerated mothers along with a mothering group facilitated by its doulas, providing support during birth, along with the education and skills participants need to be stronger, more connected mothers.

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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 Amazon.com

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

Best wishes,

Sheila



Maternity guru Sheila Kitzinger  Photo: GETTY