Article

June 2, 2018

"Nurse steps up for incarcerated pregnant women" - Allison Lawlor, The Chronicle Herald

"Paynter is keenly aware that what is natural, isn’t possible for some women. Women who are incarcerated don’t have a choice. They are separated from their children."

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ARTICLE

May 11, 2018

"MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN: Martha Paynter, 2018 SLTHE 3M National Student Fellow" - Matt Reeder, DAL News

"Martha is using her position as a doctoral Nursing student at Dalhousie to research how to improve health outcomes for pregnant individuals or those experiencing early parenthood while behind bars and build the case for deeper change."

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Article/VIdeo

April 13, 2018

"Dalhousie nursing students participate in first-ever naloxone training in Nova Scotia" - Alexa MacLean, Global News

"Future nurses are adding one more tool to their “life-saving capabilities” after taking part in the first-ever Naloxone Administration and Harm Reduction training program."

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Journal Article

March 27, 2018

"Policy and Legal Protection for Breastfeeding and Incarcerated Women in Canada." - Martha Paynter. Journal of Human Lactation.

Most incarcerated women in Canada are mothers. Because women are the fastest growing population in carceral facilities, protecting the rights of incarcerated women to breastfeed their children is increasingly important. There is considerable evidence that incarcerated women in Canada experience poor physical and mental health, isolation, and barriers to care.

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Article 

March 26, 2018

"Former Alberta inmate carried stillborn baby for weeks after seeking help from staff" -- Jonny Wakefield, The Edmonton Journal.

Stephanie Albert knew something was wrong when the baby inside her stopped moving. 
Albert, 30, is no stranger to high-risk pregnancies. She has a healthy son and two healthy daughters, but those pregnancies were difficult.
She knew a prolonged drop in fetal movement was a sign to visit the doctor — fast. But in this case, she couldn’t. She was in jail.

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AWARD

March 23, 2018

STUDENT LEADERSHIP THAT MATTERS: GET TO KNOW DAL'S 2018 GOVERNORS' AWARD WINNERS

There are nearly 19,000 students at Dalhousie. And for many of them, student life is about so much more than just classes and filling the time in between.
For them, student life is a platform for pushing for change. It's a way to connect local concerns with global perspectives. It's a tool for shaping more inclusive communities. And it's a way to inspire others to build a better world.

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interview

March 9, 2018

"Why people in jail don't have access to Hepatitis C treatment" -- CBC Information Morning Nova Scotia

One group of people is not being treated for Hep C - even though most Nova Scotians now have access to drugs that can cure it.

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Article

February 12, 2018

"LEGAL MARIJUANA & NECESSARY AMNESTY" -- Martha Paynter, IMPACT ETHICS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN BIOETHICS

Martha Paynter questions whether the discriminatory legacy of gendered and racialized incarceration for drug possession offences can be repaired considering the upcoming legalization of marijuana.

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opinion

February 6, 2018

"#Not1day" -- Martha Paynter, The Radical Nurse

"Atlantic Canada has the highest use of solitary confinement in the country. Is this about to change? “We won!” exclaimed the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, regarding the BC Supreme Court ruling January 17 against sections of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that allow for indefinite solitary confinement.  In the frustrating, protracted, and so-often disappointing battle for prison justice in this country, it is of course a win, and to be celebrated. But it is also partial, and it is important to acknowledge how and why this ruling will not be enough, particularly for women."

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Article

February 1, 2018


"End prison segregation now" -- Martha Paynter, The COast

“'We won!' exclaimed the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, regarding the BC Supreme Court ruling January 17 against sections of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that allow for indefinite solitary confinement. In the frustrating, protracted, and so-often disappointing battle for prison justice in this country, it is, of course, a win, and to be celebrated. But it is also partial, and it is important to acknowledge how and why this ruling will not be enough, particularly for women."

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Interview

January 30, 2018

"Prisoners at Nova Institution deserve phone break: women’s group" -- Francis Campbell, The Chronicle Herald.

"The Women’s Wellness Within group suspects Bell of too much talk and not enough action.
The non-profit organization would like to talk about restrictions on the telephone transactions available to prisoners at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro and what role Bell might play in those restrictions.
'Communication is an essential form of support,' said chairwoman Martha Paynter. 'It is unimaginable for you and I to think how we would cope without calling the people we love. It is pretty basic stuff.'"

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AWARD

December 8, 2017

We are honoured to receive the 50th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Award. We will keep working for reproductive justice, the right to parent, the right to health, and decarceration.

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feature Story

December 5, 2017

"A Prison Pregnancy" -- Maggie Rahr, The Deep Magazine.

"In the stillness of an exam room at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Bianca Lynn Mercer, 24 years old, smiles in the dim light. It’s early April 2017, she’s seven months pregnant, and as she lies on the crinkling white paper, waiting to catch a glimpse of her daughter on an ultrasound monitor, she feels something she hasn’t known during her pregnancy, spent almost entirely in jail: peace."

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Interview

November 9, 2017

"Let’s Talk- Bell Canada makes calling from prisons needlessly difficult for incarcerated women" -- Robert Devet, The Nova Scotia Advocate

"Mothers in federal prison are deprived of something as elementary as a phone call with their kids because of cost and silly rules.
Women in the Nova Institution for Women in Truro can only put money on their phone card once a month. If they miss that day they’re out of luck."

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Interview

November 8, 2017

"Advocates say female prisoners need better phone access," -- CBC Information Morning Nova Scotia

"For women incarcerated at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, a phone connection is a lifeline to the outside world. But advocates say there are too many restrictions and want to improve phone access."

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INTERVIEW

November 6, 2017.

"'A violation of their rights:' Advocates call for better phone, internet access for women prisoners" -- Yvette d'Entremont, Halifax Metro

"A non-profit group working with people who are pregnant or parenting young children in jail says restrictions preventing them from regularly communicating with family members is a violation of their rights."

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INTERVIEW

October 16, 2017

"Staff person’s harmful comments about trans inmate remain unaddressed" -- Rebecca Rose, The Nova Scotia Advocate

"Correctional Service Canada has yet to publicly respond to a Chronicle Herald article in which a staff person at the federal Nova Institution for Women expresses transphobic views."

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Journal Article

August 18, 2017

"Breastfeeding support for criminalized women in Canada" -- Paynter, M & Snelgrove-Clarke, E.  Journal of Human Lactation33(4), 672-676.

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VIDEO

May 8, 2017

"This is Nursing" -- CNA National Nursing Week 2017

"'This is Nursing' is a video depicting the diversity in roles and opportunities within the nursing profession. This video is informed by the findings of Dr. Sheri Lynn Price's research on career choice and professional socialization the the heath professions."

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FEATURE

March 11, 2017

"Organization launches to provide support for pregnant incarcerated women" -- Shaina Luck, CBC News Nova Scotia

"A new non-profit that helps advocate for better conditions for women in corrections facilities who are pregnant or caring for young children officially launched Friday night in Halifax.
Martha Paynter, a board member of the new organization and a student nurse at Dalhousie University, said being pregnant while incarcerated is a 'traumatic' experience."

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INTERVIEW

November 16, 2016

"Nova Institution for Women reinstates volunteer doula program" -- Stephanie vanKampen, CBC News Nova Scotia

"Doula program says it has been unable to access clients since a new warden took over in May
The volunteer doula program at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S., has been reinstated, according to the group that runs it."

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INTERVIEW

November 16, 2016

"Doula service resumes at women’s prison" -- Jacob Boon, The Coast

"Nova Institution for Women welcomes back volunteer health workers who Correctional Service Canada says were never locked out to begin with.
Inmates at the women’s prison in Truro once again have access to doulas after inexplicably being denied the volunteer support service for the past several months."

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Interview

November 16, 2016

"Services available again to pregnant Nova prison inmates" -- Jordan Parker, The Chronicle Herald.

"Volunteer doulas who raised concerns about the lack of resources and services being given to incarcerated pregnant woman at the Nova Institution for Women can now rest easy."

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Interview

November 15, 2016

"Pregnant inmates cut off from volunteer doulas, says women's support group" -- Stephanie vanKampen, CBC News Nova Scotia

"Inmates at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S., have been denied access to free doula support since May, according to a group that previously provided the service."

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Interview

November 15, 2016

"Pregnancies don’t wait. Doula support withheld from pregnant inmates at Nova Institution" -- Robert Devet, The Nova Scotia Advocate

"Women incarcerated in the Nova Institution for Women in Truro have not had access to volunteer doula services since June of this year. As a result women and their babies are at risk, says the coordinator of the partnership that used to provide the doula services."

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INTERVIEW

November 14, 2016

"Doulas locked out of Nova Institution for Women" -- Jacob Boon, The Coast

"Pre- and postnatal support services cut off for inmates without explanation, says volunteer.
Female inmates at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro no longer have access to doula services, and the doulas don’t know why."

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INTERVIEW

September 30, 2016

"Fliss Cramman's shackles removed" -- Kieran Leavitt, The Coast

"'We have a voice, and when we use the media and we use our voices, we can achieve justice,' said El Jones at rally for the hospitalized mother of four."

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Letter to the Editor

October 30, 2014

"Just doula it" -- Martha Paynter, The Coast

"I appreciate your coverage of the Chebucto Family Centre Volunteer Doula Program partnership with the Burnside correctional facility, however your headline "Birth behind bars" is misleading (The City story by Leah Gerber, October 2). Women from Burnside receive clinical care during labour and delivery at the IWK Hospital. As participating doulas, we will offer non-clinical support for weeks before and after birth at Burnside, and companionship during labour and delivery at the IWK."

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