FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 24, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently established a private room for nursing moms and their families called the Nursing Nook. Located on the second floor of the Museum, the room offers a comfortable chair, table, and lamp. The Nursing Nook also has space for another child to play while their mother is nursing. The Nursing Nook is sponsored by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Mott).
“The partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is important to us as we are community neighbors and want families to realize the importance of breastfeeding through providing a safe, comfortable, quiet space for mothers to breastfeed in the wonderfully family-oriented Museum setting,” said Julie Piazza, patient family centered care project manager at Mott. “We truly strive to provide education and healthcare in the hospital and in places nearby as many of our patients and families are learning about health and science through our collaborative partnership at the hospital and at the Museum.”
“The Nursing Nook is a wonderful new addition to the Museum,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director. “There’s nothing more important to the team here than to create a positive, family experience for our visitors, and for many moms, having that space to nurse a child addresses a direct need in a comfortable, ideal way. We are grateful to Mott for its continued support of the Museum, and our guests.”
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Mott have a long-standing collaborative relationship. Support from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor underwrites visits to the Museum from families of patients Mott . The program, “Helping Mott Families”, helps families of children as they deal with the stress and challenges of having a patient in the hospital.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers free admission to families of patients at Mott. Annually, more than 2000 Mott and Ronald McDonald House families receive free admission to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
In addition, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Mott created “Healing Through Hands-On Science”, a program where the Museum’s education team takes hands-on activities to Mott for children to enjoy, and where the Mott team comes to the Museum for several teddy bear clinics. During the clinic, Museum guests learn about health care by performing simple medical procedures on a teddy bear.
About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts over 280,000 visitors annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world. Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.