Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Leafblad, Dan


As of 2017, there were 111,360 females in a state or federal correctional facility (Bronson & Carson, 2019). Many women in prison are mothers with 5-10% being pregnant while imprisoned (Baldwin, Sobolewska, & Capper, 2018). Some programs have started in female prisons with the goal to provide opportunities to nourish relationships with their children and educate on prenatal health, mental and physical health, and parenting skills. One of these organizations is the Minnesota Prison Doula Project (MnPDP) which utilizes the skills of doulas to provide supportive care to the incarcerated women of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee (MCF-Shakopee). MCF-Shakopee is the only female prison in Minnesota. The MnPDP has incorporated doula care, group education, one-on-one counseling, and supportive visitation into their program. Although they provide supplemental education for their contracted doulas on many subjects in incarcerated health, they did not have any formal education on postpartum depression (PPD). Therefore, this project focused on creating an education module for the doulas of the MnPDP in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of PPD. Additionally, a pamphlet was made for the incarcerated women’s use and distributed by the doulas. As a result of this project, the awareness of PPD in incarcerated women improved in the doulas as determined by pre-test and post-test scores surrounding the education module.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons