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Sanford Bismarck installs nursing pods at hospital

January 25, 2022

Erin’s Horn
Senior Media Relations Specialist
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BISMARCK, North Dakota – Sanford Health is taking steps to provide additional support for breastfeeding mothers by adding Mamava breastfeeding pods at Bismarck Medical Center.

Two nursing suites will be located on the Skywalk Deck off the Seventh and Rosser Clinic, while the third suite will be located on the fourth floor of the medical center.

“We recognize the need to provide a clean and private space for our employees and those who visit to breastfeed or pump,” said Maggie Seamands, executive director of women’s inpatient services. “We’re thrilled to support new mothers with a distraction-free suite that’s accessible 24/7.”

The suites, acquired through the Sanford Health Foundation, were created by Mamava, a company dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding by making it easier for mothers.

“Our generous donors through the Sanford Health Foundation deserve full credit for making these new modules possible,” said Sara Haugen, executive director of the Sanford Health Foundation at Bismarck. “Time and time again, their philanthropy helps us go above and beyond for our patients, the Sanford family and communities.

Mamava suites are self-contained and mobile modules with comfortable benches, a folding table, an electrical outlet to plug in a breast pump and a door that can be locked for more privacy.

Nursing mothers can check suite availability by installing the Mamava app. The app tells users where the suites are and unlocks the pod using Bluetooth technology or a code they can enter on the keypad.

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The Sanford Bismarck region provides health care to central and western North Dakota, eastern Montana, and northern South Dakota. It includes 21 clinics in Bismarck, Mandan, Minot, Dickinson and Watford City, as well as a level II trauma center located in Bismarck.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, elder care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society aged care facilities in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health’s transformative work to improve the human condition at Where Sanford Health News.