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UK : women forced to give birth in front of male prison guards in case they try to escape prison
Babies born in prisons have a much higher chance of developing mental health problems, the report claims.
The Government is coming under pressure to justify why it imprisons pregnant women and their babies, after a report suggested that the practice can cause significant harm to infants and mothers without benefiting public safety.
Campaigners, MPs and midwives have called for urgent reform in the light of evidence suggesting babies may be suffering mental and physical disabilities as a result of being held in prisons and claims that pregnant women are being watched by male guards while giving birth.
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