GALS is very pleased to be working with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) in providing emotional, physical and informational support to empower the incarcerated pregnant women in Travis County through their birth experience. Our hope is that women who receive our support during their childbirth experience will have an increased belief and trust in themselves and their innate ability to mother after they are released. GALS is working to create a lasting impact that will change the culture of the community and create an infinite impact on the families of tomorrow.
Our dedicated volunteers ensure high quality support during this critical time in an incarcerated woman’s life by:
Facilitating monthly support groups in the prison:
The prenatal support groups create a comfortable and empathetic environment for incarcerated pregnant women to openly discuss their fears and questions about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
Providing continuous labor support at the hospital:
- The Travis County Correctional Complex will notify the GALS dispatch line when an incarcerated woman is in labor, so an approved volunteer can meet her at the hospital.
- We provide continuous emotional, physical and informational support throughout their labor and birth.
We hope to continue to grow this program and support incarcerated moms by providing prenatal vitamins, advocating for breast milk storage, and collecting pregnancy and postpartum books for the prison library.
For more information about this unique opportunity, please contact Morgan Miles at TCSO@givingaustinlaborsupport.org.
GALS provides services without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and infection with HIV or AIDS, political beliefs or status as a veteran.