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Georgia State Capitol will have new space for nursing mothers
Teresa Brewer, right, lactation consultant at the Women & Children’s Pavilion at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, talks with Jessica Knight as she holds her newborn daughter, Lily in this Times file photo. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

The Georgia State Capitol will soon have a new private space for mothers to nurse or pump.

The lactation pod, made by the Vermont-based company Mamava, can be accessed through an app and will be secure from the inside. It will have two benches, multiple outlets and USB ports and occupancy-activated lighting.

While it is intended for Capitol employees, members of the public will be able to use it as well.

“We are proud to announce that this much needed addition is coming to the Capitol,” Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville and Senate President Pro Tempore, said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone who worked on securing the pod so that any women working in or visiting our Capitol have a private space to care for their children. Although this is a step in the right direction to modernize the Capitol and ensure women have access to facilities they need, we will continue to make any necessary improvements in the future.”

Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, also praised the addition.

“Much like the House’s new family leave policy, this new resource demonstrates our commitment to our employees and their families,” Ralston said in a statement. “I appreciate the collaborative effort between the House and Senate to provide a comfortable, private space for mothers.”

In July, the Georgia House of Representatives announced a new family leave policy that would allow employees to take three weeks of paid leave when they welcome a new child. The policy will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The Georgia Senate said in a statement in July that it was evaluating its own policies.


Compiled from Georgia General Assembly press release

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