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Revista Uruguaya de Enfermería (En línea)

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SILVA, Amanda Batista da et al. Gestation of Women in Prisons by Drug Trafficking. Revista urug. enferm. (En línea) [online]. 2023, vol.18, n.2, e204.  Epub Dec 01, 2023. ISSN 2301-0371.

Objective: To describe the experience of pregnancy in the prison environment of women involved in drug trafficking.

Method: Descriptive-exploratory study with a qualitative approach, carried out in a public jail in Mato Grosso. The research subjects were women in provisional detention or condemned who were with gestation in course of 12 to 36 weeks. Data collection took place in 2019, through semi-structured recorded audio interviews, with subsequent content analysis.

Results: All women were arrested for drug trafficking and used psychoactive substances prior to incarceration due to the rupture of family ties and/or the influence of affective partners. The current pregnancy was not planned and was accompanied by the separation of the other children, in addition to the anxiety and anguish that surround them with the expectation of childbirth and breastfeeding in the prison environment, followed by the separation of the child who will be born after lactation. This made them expresses their desire to seek changes and improve their lives in the future.

Conclusion: It is necessary to incorporate humanized care practices in the care of women who experience motherhood in a situation of prison, which may help to carry out resocialization, in addition to contributing to family strengthening.

Keywords : Women's Health; Pregnancy; Prisons; Drug trafficking; Disorders related to Substance Use.

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