May 2015 Philanthropy
Prison Birth Project
For the month of May and Mothers, Ode will be donating 5% of our profits to The Prison Birth Project. Often, the ones most in need of support are the ones most overlooked and dismissed by society. The PBP refuses to ignore those women and children. Working for "reproductive justice with women & trans* people at the intersection of the criminal justice system & parenthood."
When the gender-specific jail opened in Chicopee, MA in 2008, co-founders Lisa Andrews and Marianne Bullock understood that incarcerated women are not offered the full spectrum of reproductive options, healthcare, and support available to people on the outside given the social, economic, and political oppression that accompanies the carceral system. Thus, they co-founded The Prison Birth Project (PBP) which works within a reproductive justice framework to provide support, advocacy, and leadership training for women and trans* people at the intersection of the criminal justice system and parenthood.
Since 2008, organizational meetings have evolved from front-yard get-togethers to strategic planning meetings with fellow reproductive justice organizers. Nearly all PBP staff have experience with incarceration or feeder systems personally and/or through loved ones including Department of Children and Families, court stipulated programs, and/or juvenile programs. People in PBP programs can receive services such as doula support, personal advocacy, education in childbirth, and breastfeeding support. Members attend conferences and organize for legislative change on policies directly affecting incarcerated women and families.
This May, in honor of Mama’s Day, PBP is celebrating and honoring the bonds created by caregivers across bars. If you would like to further engage with PCP why not write a Mama’s Day message and harness the collective energy of Mama’s Day to honor and remember all the Mamas in our community! You can visit PBP's website to send your own message.