Systemic understaffing, mental illness stigma played role in prison birth, lawsuit alleges

New Britain — Tianna Laboy spent nearly 30 days at an inpatient mental health treatment program before she was admitted to York Correctional Institution in August 2017. When she arrived at the Niantic prison, officials put her in the mental health infirmary.

New filings in her civil lawsuit allege that her placement there “guaranteed she would be seen in a negative, stigmatized manner,” leading medical personnel to not take her complaints seriously. That stigma, her lawyers argue, coupled with chronic understaffing of mental health and medical personnel, a gynecologist who was not on call on a critical night, and other factors led to Laboy delivering her child in her cell.  The complaint also cites a lack of employee training on how to identify preterm labor and two prison lieutenants’ false claims that  they had toured the unit where Laboy was imprisoned.

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