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Mothers with their babies in prison: the first Italian experience
  1. P Ferrara1,
  2. V Emmanuele2,
  3. A Nicoletti3,
  4. A Mastrangelo3,
  5. G Marrone3,
  6. G Pedote4
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Università Cattolica S Cuore, A Gemelli Hospital, Rome, Italy
  2. 2Università Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, Università Cattolica S Cuore, A Gemelli Hospital, Rome, Italy
  4. 4Department Female Detention Center of Roma Rebibbia, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P Ferrara
    Department of Pediatrics, Università Cattolica S Cuore, Policlinico A Gemelli, Largo A Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy; pferrara{at}

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The purpose of the study was to evaluate the health care of children living with their mothers in prison. No previous studies on this topic have been conducted in Italy.

Italian law allows female prisoners to keep their babies with them until the age of 3 years in specific nest areas. Currently, there are 15 nest areas in Italian prisons, 2804 female inmates, 64 prisoners with children aged <3 years and 64 children.1 Our study was performed in the female detention centre of Roma-Rebibbia, Rome, Italy.

From 2003 to 2005, 150 children were admitted, with 211 accesses in all (table 1).

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  • Competing interests: None declared.