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Alabama opens innovative lactation room for incarcerated women.

A women’s prison in Alabama opened the nation’s first-of-its-kind designated lactation room for incarcerated women who have recently given birth, but cannot be with their infants.Beth Shelburne, “Alabama Women’s Prison Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Lactation Room,” WBRC 6, November 16, 2018.

The Serene Expressions room at the Tutwiler Prison for Women allows new mothers to pump their breast milk, which is then packaged and shipped to their children.Beth Shelburne, “Alabama Women’s Prison Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Lactation Room,” WBRC 6, November 16, 2018. Shipments are organized by the Mother’s Milk Initiative of the nonprofit Alabama Prison Birth Project (APBP), which also provides support from doulas, or birth companions, to pregnant incarcerated women.Alabama Prison Birth Project, “Services,” Incarcerated women who have the opportunity to nurture their babies, despite being physically separated, have a greater chance to sustain the mother-baby bond, according to prison officials and APBP.Alabama Prison Birth Project, “Services,” Also see Shelburne, “Lactation Room,” 2018. Eight facilities—in as many states—like the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Decatur Correctional Center, have opened units where people incarcerated while pregnant can keep their babies with them, learning to parent as part of their rehabilitative programming.ustin Jouvenal, “Raising Babies Behind Bars,” Washington Post, May 11, 2018.