Kate Stroud has worked in childbirth advocacy for 20 years as a DONA Birth Doula, DONA Birth Doula Trainer and childbirth educator. She is a cofounder of the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative as well Prison Doula Program Director, Prison Doula and Interim Executive Director. Kate has worked towards improving childbirth for all birthing people throughout her career working with organizations like CHASS Clinic, Alternatives for Girls, University of Michigan Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, FOCUSHope, Birth Network, American Indian Health and Family Services (AIHFS), with an HIV Peer Doula Program through the state of Michigan and with Women™s Huron Valley Corrections. She has also worked towards bringing doulas to isolated populations in the upper peninsula of Michigan. In Ann Arbor she teaches DONA birth doula trainings that are primarily attended by University of Michigan students on pre-med, pre-nursing and other related career paths. She strongly believes in a doula for every person who wants one. This has been the primary focus in her work.
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, […]