Rikers Island Rose M. Singer nursery featured in New York Daily News

Rikers Island Rose M. Singer nursery featured in New York Daily NewsThe Rose M. Singer nursery at Rikers Island (NY) was recently featured in New York Daily News. The piece highlighted the Lullaby Project, which allows inmate mothers with newborns, or who are expecting, to write songs for their children. A DOC commissioner said the program is “for a group of women who have made some bad choices and have had difficulties in their lives,” and that “any support we can give them to be successful…is a good thing.”

Rikers Island Rose M. Singer nursery featured in New York Daily NewsThe program began last fall, and is the latest opportunity for female inmates to bond with their newborns. Babies are allowed to stay with their mothers in the nursery for up to a year.

Thus far, seven moms have participated in the lullaby writing for their newborns, even working with professional musicians to help with melodies and lyrics. Once complete, the songs were taken into a studio and professionally recorded! The women participating in the program were able to listen to the final cuts, and Emeline Michel, who recorded the songs, performed the lullabies as part of a concert at Rikers. Rikers Island Rose M. Singer nursery featured in New York Daily NewsOne mom said that her lyrics are a promise to her children – one she hopes to fulfill. “Know that from now on, I will be the best Mommy I could possibly be,” she wrote. So far this year, seven babies have been born at the Rose M. Singer nursery.

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