Marion County

Lowell Correctional launches program to better support pregnant, postpartum incarcerated women

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Women incarcerated at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County who are pregnant or postpartum are now able to take part in a first-of-its-kind program designed to support mothers and babies.

The Florida Department of Corrections announced Wednesday that the recently launched lactation program supports the women to provide breastmilk for their babies.


“This program will assist inmates in maintaining a distinct bond [with their children] while providing education and encouraging positive, healthy habits,” said FDOC Secretary Ricky Dixon.

Officials said the staff from Healthy Start will visit the women to provide them with equipment and information regarding the benefits of breast pumping and proper care.

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Pregnant and postpartum women in the facility who participate in the lactation program are housed in a special dormitory where they are able to stay until up to 12 months after delivery.

The dorm offers a private lactation room, air conditioning, enhanced bedding, breast pumps, nursing pads, storage bags and freezers.

“The program provides support, education and an environment, which fosters psychological and general health benefits for both mother and their child,” officials said.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.