Deb Landis Lewis is the Associate Program Director for the OB/Gyn residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). Her clinical interests include care for incarcerated women and other marginalized groups, disparities in women’s health, and group prenatal care. She serves as a consultant OB/Gyn for the Michigan Department of Corrections and as a liaison between Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility and a local partner hospital. Her research interests include the development of curricula and team-based training for perinatal units who care for incarcerated pregnant women. Prior to coming to Michigan, Dr. Landis Lewis practiced general obstetrics and gynecology on an island in southeast Alaska. Her passion for global women’s health has led to opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Latin America, where she worked to improve maternal care and cervical cancer screening.
Despite rising rates of female incarceration, there is a paucity of data regarding the outcomes and experiences of pregnant women in the carceral system. Mothers who are incarcerated are often situated squarely where familial and societal safety nets have failed. The nature of incarceration, including social isolation, near-immediate mother-infant separation, impossibility of a breastfeeding relationship, […]