As if the first thing on a woman's mind is to escape from an armed guard.
-who, by the way, is in the middle of delivering a baby to the world-
Not only is the act of shackling a pregnant woman up an unnecessary and barbaric procedure,
It can actually cause harm to both the mother and baby.
Pregnant women in jail alone are already more likely to experience a miscarriage, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight babies.
Adding shackles to this situation causes for an increased risk of falling, harming both the mother and her fetus.
During labour, shackling the woman to the bed hampers her ability to shift around to releive the pain of contractions
This causes for an increased level of stress, potentially decreasing the flow of oxygen to her baby.
Shackles cause for a huge barrier, especially in emergency medical situations such as a c-section.
Even after receiving a c-section, one woman reported guards strapping a WAIST CHAIN to her torso, impaling her stitches.
Not only does shackling cause for physical pain, but emotional as well.