Women pregnant in prison have traumatizing experiences giving birth while incarcerated. Here is the story of one mother who gave birth.
Crystal Munoz had no idea a sketch she made for her friend was going to cost her 20 years of her life. The map she drew of a road in a National Park for her friend was used to illegally smuggle copious amounts of drugs across the US/Mexico border.
Two years after drawing the map, the police came and questioned her. She was taken into custody by the police. She was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for drawing a map.
Munoz’s Pregnancy and Giving Birth Behind Bars
At the time of her arrest, Crystal was a mother to a one-year-old girl. She was pregnant with her second child. Her pregnancy experience behind bars was more than terrible.
According to Crystal, she was not provided with the necessary prenatal vitamins. She was denied decent food. She was forced to drink water from a small tap behind the toilets.
Her Labor and Delivery
Crystal was brought to the hospital when she went into labor. There were guards posted outside and in her hospital room. This was a disturbing experience for her. They would not even allow her family into her room to see her.
She stayed with her newborn for the few nights she was allowed in the hospital. She then had to give her to her husband, Ricky. Crystal was then taken back to prison after giving birth.
A Waste of Her Life
Crystal feels her incarceration has been a waste of her life. Her children are now 10 and 11 years old. Her husband tries to bring them to visit her often. But they live far from the prison. He is also parenting alone. That makes it impossible to visit frequently.
She looks forward to when she will be released from prison. Her children won’t be grown up yet. She has missed out on a lot of time with them.
She is still determined. When she gets to go home, she will be a mother and a wife. She will not allow herself to lose any more time with them.