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Eye on Parenting: Four new nursing Mamava pods now open on Essentia Health campus

There's a new option in Duluth for women to feel more comfortable when nursing their babies.

New mom, Ashley Taylor knows how hard it can be to find a suitable place to pump.

"I've been that mom who is pumping in cars or bathrooms," said Taylor.

That is until Essentia Health decided to help out.

"So to have these spaces and to know that they're easily accessible for moms who come to the hospital for anything is just- it makes me feel good," said Taylor.

Essentia Health in Duluth now houses four Mamava pods around their campus.

"These are lactation pods for our patients, families, and employees," said Exec. Dir. Essentia Health Foundation East, Grant Hauschild.

Essentia Health had lactation spaces before but these are a definite upgrade with convenience at the touch of a button.

"This will provide them a virtual option to check on their phone and check what available Mamava pods are free and closest to them," said Hauschild.

The Mamava suite comes equipped with settings that control the lights, airflow, and white noise inside the pod.

Essentia Health spokespeople say not only are the Mamava pods a critical component to make patients feel comfortable, but they also believe in supporting their employees.

"A lot of our employees are busy whether they're RN's, physicians, advances practitioners that only have a limited amount of time on break we wanted to provide a private space to pump," said Hauschild.

Next time you're at Essentia Health, you can find a Mamava pod at
St. Mary's Medical Center, the clinic on 3rd street, the first floor of Miller Dwan, and the 1st street building.

Each pod costs $14,000.

The money was provided by donors of the Essentia Health Foundation.

Lyanne Valdez

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