HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation requiring the Department of Correction to determine whether female inmates are pregnant before they're incarcerated.
The bill stems from the birth of an infant inside a prison cell in February at York Correctional Institution, the state's only women's prison.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers want to make sure the Department of Correction is assessing female inmates to determine whether they're pregnant before being incarcerated.
The Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously for a bill ensuring pregnant inmates get proper treatment. Among other things, it requires at least one health care provider at the York Correctional Institution, the state's only prison for women, has specialized training in pregnancy and childbirth.
The timing of pregnancy and childbirth has a huge impact on the health of women and their families. Good preconception health and health care are two key factors in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and the health of newborns. Infant Mortality Awareness Month, September 2016, is an opportunity to remind all women of reproductive age to maintain proper nutrition, stay physically active, live tobacco free, and receive yearly preventative health exams.
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