Bonds Beyond Bars: VOA Texas Mothers & Infants Nurturing Together Program

Step into a unique program helping incarcerated expectant moms in Texas. They join at seven months pregnant, learn about childbirth and parenting, and bond with their babies for three months. Then, they plan for their child’s care with trusted guardians before returning to jail. Explore their inspiring stories of love and resilience.

Nadia Espinoza

Why are you incarcerated?

I was sentenced to 18 months for conspiracy to distribute and attempt to distribute cocaine.

How did you learn about the VOA Texas MINT program?

I learned about the MINT Program at FPC Bryan while finding out I was pregnant at 11 weeks.

Tell us about your pregnancy and/or baby?

I have recently found out I’m having a baby girl. I’m going to name her Trinity Neveah

How many other children do you have?

I have one other child who is one-year-old. He’s at home with my mother.

What are you learning in the MINT program?

Being in the MINT, I have learned a lot and attend classes that I wouldn’t be able to at Bryan. I’ve learned about credit and trauma with a volunteer from the Women’s Center. We also have our own life coach.

After the program will you be released from prison?

God willing, I will be released from the MINT program in the fall.

How has the MINT program changed your life?

The MINT Program has changed my life because we come together as women and parents and share advice. It’s a positive environment and the classes are very informative.

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