Staff Holds Ribbon-Cutting to Inaugurate Pods, Funded by Employee Donations

August 10, 2022 –  Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has acquired three Mamava lactation pods. The pods, now in use at locations throughout the hospital campus, provide breastfeeding mothers with a private, clean, and comfortable space to pump or nurse their babies.

Mamava pods are powered by a smart technology system that enables easy location sharing, autonomous access, and remote monitoring through use of the free Mamava app available for iOS and Android. Designed specifically for pumping and breastfeeding, these pods feature easy-to-clean surfaces, comfortable benches and a locking door.

“We are excited to bring Mamava pods to Nicklaus Children’s,” said Shannon Odell, the hospital’s vice president and chief nursing officer. “Ensuring that families have amenities to fit their needs while at our facilities is of utmost importance and part of our goal of always providing amazing patient care. We are grateful to our generous employees who contributed funds to acquire the pods, ensuring we offer parents a quiet, clean and private space to breastfeed their children or pump.”

The pods were funded through iGIVE, the employee-giving fund of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

The pod’s unique shape serves as a celebratory billboard broadcasting that breastfeeding is happening all around and that breastfeeding parents need support and infrastructure to continue.

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About Mamava
Mamava, the leading expert in lactation space design is dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding in the United States by providing flexible lactation space solutions designed to meet the needs of breastfeeding families. Mamava pods are linked into a proprietary smart technology system that empowers easy wayfinding and autonomous access. Parents can open them with Mamava’s free app (available for iOS and Android). The app also allows moms to see availability of pods, opt into vacancy alerts, adjust interior lighting and airflow, and leave digital notes of support for the next person. Best of all, the app helps breastfeeding people find thousands of (Mamava-vetted) places to pump on the go—not just Mamava pods, and never a bathroom. To learn more, visit Mamava at, and follow Mamava on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Additional B-roll and imagery available upon request. 

About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit