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Trajectories of women deprived of freedom: health care practices in the recognition of the right to health in a Reference Center of Minas Gerais State, Brazil



To analyze the care trajectory of women in a Reference Center to Pregnant Women Deprived of Liberty (CRGPL), regarding the practices of workers in the recognition of the right to health and integral care to women and newborns.


As reference, the sociological phenomenology and the theory of recognition proposed by Alex Honneth were adopted. Women, prison officers, CRGPL directors, Sofia Feldman Hospital managers and health professionals of both institutions were interviewed. Also, it was held direct observation of meetings between the two directors.

Results and Discussion:

Three recognition plans proposed by Honneth were identified. Self-confidence was observed in bond and acceptance relationships of these women by managers and workers. Self-respect was identified in the awareness, by professionals and managers, that these women lost their civil rights, but that health as a right should be guaranteed. There was self-esteem in the network of solidarity and commitment, so that resolution, reference and counter-reference for these women and their children ensure the right to health and integral care.


The study seeks to give visibility to forms of more supportive care, that ensuring health and comprehensive care is not only the fulfillment of an individual right, but a new way to handle this issue in society.

pregnant women; prison; health integral care.

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