Working in compassionate solidarity with incarcerated parents to create community, opportunity, and change. 

What we do

The Minnesota Prison Doula Project (MnPDP) provides pregnancy and parenting support to incarcerated parents. We provide birth support from trained doulas, as well as group-based and individual education and support. The goal is to nurture healthy relationships and increase parenting confidence and skills.

We work with those serving sentences at Minnesota’s only women’s state prison and those held in county correctional facilities throughout Minnesota.

Doula Care

  • Emotional, physical & informational support during the birthing year through a relationship with a trained birth professional for pregnant people as they move through the justice system.


Group Education

  • Pregnancy & Beyond Group: Weekly prenatal and early parenting education & support group for incarcerated mothers in their birthing year.

  • Mothering Inside Group: Weekly parenting education & support group for incarcerated mothers.

  • Parenting Inside Out: Weekly parenting education & support group for incarcerated parents.


One-on-one Counseling

  • 30-minute individual supportive peer counseling for incarcerated parents. Provides an opportunity for emotional support, problem solving to improve coping on the inside with the goal of increasing successful reentry upon release.

Supportive Visitation

  • One-hour parent-child contact visits supported by program staff held within correctional facilities to provide an opportunity to practice parenting skills, maintain connections & repair emotional trauma for children.


Key partners

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  • Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

  • Constellation Fund

  • Crow Wing Power Community Trust

  • WCA Foundation

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development

  • Ittleson Foundation

  • Program in Health Disparities Research at the University of Minnesota (PHDR)

  • Otto Bremer Trust

  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation- Women's Fund

  • Northland Foundation 

  • Minneapolis Foundation's Fourth Generation Fund

  • Essentia Health- St. Joseph's Foundation

  • Allina

  • Women's Foundation of MN

  • March of Dimes

  • ReCAST Minneapolis – City of Minneapolis

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

  • Medica Foundation