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A woman recalled the harrowing moment she gave birth in jail.
Jessica Kent, a former drug addict and inmate, said: “I had a prison and in the free world – here’s how they differ.
“I had a baby in prison and that was the most traumatic experience of my entire life.
“It was surrounded with fear and anxiety and stress and now I have PTSD from being chained to my bed.”
The 31-year-old, from Arkansas, US, says she was left alone in active labour for over four hours.
Her experience has left her with post traumatic stress disorder, which is an anxiety disorder that’s often caused by distressing events.
Jessica’s baby was placed into foster care after she gave birth.
She worried she wouldn’t get custody of her daughter back because of her convictions.
But after she left prison, the TikTok star vowed to overcome her drug addiction and managed to win custody of her little one.
Jessica is now sober and lives with her partner, daughter and second child – who she gave birth to in much better circumstances.
The mum, who was in prison for two years over drug and gun convictions, says there was a stark difference in her labour experience when she was released from jail.
She continued: “We were blessed with a second daughter and I got to experience a pregnancy in the free world.
“I got to go to the hospital with my partner Reese and it was just such an amazing and beautiful experience.
“I can’t even tell you the difference between those two things with my first daughter – I was chained to the bed.
“With my second birth, it was just an easy birth and delivery and Reese was there holding my hand.
“He was there for me and got me a cheeseburger after she was born because I was starving. I had very little pain.”
Jessica said both of her pregnancy experiences have taught her life lessons.
She added: “So my first daughter changed my life and gave me the motivation and passion to fight for sobriety.
“But my second daughter healed my heart and I now see how beautiful it is to have a baby.”
Follow Jessica's journey on TikTok here or Instagram here.
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