Mother's Helper

Everything You Need to Know About Those Egg-Like Enclosures Around Houston

Spoiler: They have mamas in mind.

By Laura Furr Mericas August 26, 2019 Published in the September 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

What are Mamava pods?

They’re tech-savvy breastfeeding and lactation spaces made by Mamava, a company founded in 2006 by two Vermont mothers—the name is a play on the phrase “mama goes” in Spanish. The business took off after 2010, when an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act required employers to provide a space other than a bathroom for moms to express breast milk. There are now 850 pods across 46 states, installed everywhere from private workplaces to the Statue of Liberty, but Houston has been a late adopter: Space City has a handful of public pods only as of this year. 

Where can local moms find them? 

Houston is now home to eight public Mamava pods, all of which were introduced in the past six months: two at Minute Maid Park, two at NRG Stadium (available during rodeo season), one at Hobby Airport, and three at IAH. There are also a few others in private offices around town.

How does it work?

Moms—whether on the clock or visiting a given venue—use the Mamava app to find the nearest available public pod and unlock the doors with a swipe of their smart device. 

The spaces, which occupy up to 50 square feet, include built-in seating, along with a table, mirror, and, of course, phone-charging station, with fans and lighting controllable through the Mamava app. The pods, by the way, run from $9,000 to $23,000 and require no assembly, permitting, or hookup beyond a standard outlet.

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