ST. LOUIS – The Enterprise Center has undergone major renovations over the last two seasons. The latest addition might be a favorite for new mothers.
The St. Louis Blues and Missouri Baptist Medical Center installed two nursing stations at the Enterprise Center to give moms a clean, private space to feed their newborn babies. Families can now use them to feed their baby or pump in private.
"While we've had areas for our moms to do pumping and feeding in the past, we haven't had an area that was solely dedicated to our moms," said Lauren Carro, Enterprise Center senior manager.
One pod is located at portal 18 on the plaza level and one at portal 48 on the mezzanine level.
The 4-foot by 8-foot pods are freestanding and contain two benches, a fold-down table, and power outlets. The pods can be locked and unlocked electronically with the free Mamava app and Bluetooth-enabled SmartLock.
"This partnership wouldn't be possible without the support of BJC Healthcare," said Rachel Kraby, spokeswoman for Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
The pods are big enough to accommodate mothers with babies and additional children.
"Rachel and her team brought to our attention the need and obstacles nursing moms have in looking for quiet clean places to feed their newborns," said Matt Polling, senior director of St. Louis Blues Corporate Partnerships.
The Enterprise Center’s hospitality staff will be trained to assist those interested in using the pods, which have been in use for a week already.
"Just this week at an Eric Church concert, we had a line of people waiting to use pods so it's been a huge addition to our building," Carro said.