Philadelphia's courthouse gets a lactation station

Photo of lactation station being installed for Philadelphia jurors.
Photo credit Kristen Johanson/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Court officials are hoping to accommodate the public with a unique mobile lactation station that's now available to Philadelphia jurors, giving a place for new moms to pump and feed their children.

The new mobile station, which looks like a mini-trailer with "in-use" locks and electrical outlets inside, sits right outside the jury rooms on the second floor of the Juanita Stout Criminal Justice Center at 13th and Filbert streets. 

"This lactation station gives every woman the opportunity to nurse her child, regardless of her circumstances or why she finds herself in the Criminal Court building," said Philadelphia’s Administrative Judge Jacqueline Allen.

Allen says there have been some issues in the past where lawyers, court staff and jurors have had to find a private spot to pump.

"We also select jurors and have juries going on in City Hall. As this rolls out and we see the need and the use and what frequency, it would be expanded," Allen added. 

There are currently similar lactation stations at the airport and some other central locations throughout the city.

The rollout on Thursday coincides with Jury Appreciation Day. 

"We want to acknowledge what you do is important and that those of you who do serve are performing an essential service, one that without them — the citizens of Philadelphia responding to jury duty — judges couldn't do their job of providing trials free and fair," Allen said.