Nursing Moms at this year’s Democratic National Convention won’t have to worry about finding the right space to breast pump
PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 21, 2016 – The Pennsylvania Convention Center has installed their second Mamava lactation pod – just in time for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, along with the Wells Fargo Center, will host meetings for more than 4,500 delegates for the convention which is projected to attract nearly 50,000 people to the city, July 25th-July 28th.
Headlining speakers for the convention include First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. This year’s convention boasts a diverse range of American speakers – young and old and from all backgrounds – plus leaders, celebrities, advocates, and many others.
Nursing moms who visit the Convention Center – as speakers, guests, or hosts – will now have two clean, comfortable, and private Mamava suites to breast pump (or feed in private, should they prefer). The Pennsylvania Convention Center, the first Convention Center to host a Mamava suite, has installed a second suite based on positive feedback and high demand.
“Our first Mamava lactation suite received tremendous feedback, and we’re pleased to offer a second unit to assist families. With a floor plan as expansive as ours, two pods are essential to ensure accessibility and ease. We’re pleased to install this unit in time for the Democratic National Convention, and we are certain that nursing attendees will be pleased,” said Lorenz Hassenstein, general manager of the Convention Center for SMG.
The Mamava suite is a self-contained, mobile pod with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot by 8-foot pod is meant for individual use, but can fit more than one person, as well as mothers with babies and other children in tow. The Mamava suite embodies the spirit of Mamava’s “happy breast” logo – beautifully designed to support and celebrate breastfeeding.
“Mamava’s business case was made thanks to good public policy lead by democrats including the Affordable Care Act. We are thrilled and find it completely fitting that our units will be on site during this momentous event – the nomination of the first female presidential candidate by a major party,” Sascha Mayer, CEO and Co-Founder.
The Mamava Suites at Pennsylvania Convention Center will be located on the Second Level, near the northeast corner of 12th and Arch Streets, between Halls A and B, and inside the Arch Street near the Broad Street entrance.
Mamava, based in Burlington, VT, was incubated at Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (formerly JDK Design), a world-renowned design studio. Mamava creates design solutions for nursing mothers on the go. Mamava is mama-owned, made in America, and a proud member of the B Corp community. The free Mamava app for iPhone (Android coming soon) allows moms on the go to search for pumping and breastfeeding friendly locations. FMI, please visit www.mamava.com.
About Philadelphia Convention Center
The Pennsylvania Convention center is 2 million-square-foot building, managed by SMG, the world leader in public facilities management. The Convention Center hosts annual events such as the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale, the Philadelphia Auto Show, Wizard World Comic Con and the Philadelphia Flower Show. It hosted the 2015 World Meeting of Families prior to the Papal Visit to the United States and will be a primary venue for the Democratic National Convention. For more information, please visit http://www.paconvention.com/.
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