Sanford Bismarck installs breastfeeding pods in hospital

January 25, 2022

Erin Horn
Senior Media Relations Specialist

BISMARCK, N.D. – Sanford Health is taking steps to provide additional support to breastfeeding mothers by adding Mamava nursing pods to the Bismarck Medical Center.

Two nursing suites will be located on the Skywalk bridge off of 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, private space for our employees and those who are visiting to breastfeed or pump,” said Maggie Seamands, executive director of women’s inpatient services. “We are so excited to support new mothers with a distraction-free suite that can be accessed 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 all the credit for making these new pods possible,” said Sara Haugen, executive director of the Sanford Health Foundation in Bismarck. “Time and again, their philanthropy helps us go above and beyond for our patients, Sanford Family and communities.”

The Mamava suites are self-contained, mobile pods with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump and a door that can be locked for privacy.

Breastfeeding mothers can check availability of the suites by installing the Mamava app.  The app shows users where the suites are located 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, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health’s transformative work to improve the human condition at or Sanford Health News.