Canada: A Critical Examination of the Institutional Mother-Child Program with Dr. Martha Paynter (Episode 7)

In this episode, Barbara Frey is joined by Doctor Martha Paynter, the Director of Nursing Research with the Contraceptive and Abortion Research Team at the University of British Columbia and Assistant Professor in Nursing at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Paynter draws from her research, which focuses on the intersection of reproductive health and the carceral system, to provide a comprehensive overview of incarceration in Canada, particularly the hyper-incarceration of Indigenous women. She describes the demographics of incarcerated mothers and examines the criteria and operation of the Mother-Child Program. Throughout the episode, Dr. Paynter calls attention to the program’s deficiencies, such as the burdens it places on incarcerated mothers, the lack of institutional evaluation and data collection, and the limited alternatives available. Ultimately, she challenges the current model of placing babies in prison with their mothers and calls for a more critical examination of the Mother-Child Program’s use, advocating instead for community-based alternatives to incarceration.

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Canada: A Critical Examination of the Institutional Mother-Child Program with Dr. Martha Paynter (Episode 7)
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