Lehigh Valley International Airport joined a growing roster of airports across the country that have designated play areas for children and private spaces for nursing mothers.
The airport partnered with Lehigh Valley Health Network to create the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Play Area, a brightly colored indoor play space that includes a mobile unit for nursing mothers, called a Mamava lactation pod, which was unveiled Tuesday.
“It’s our own design,” Brian Downs, a spokesman for LVHN, told Lehigh Valley Business this morning. “We had a person in our creative [department] design the space to what we wanted it to look like.”
The 794-square-foot space replaces an old gate area and is located just ahead of the lounge in the Wiley M. Post departure terminal.
Charles Everett, executive director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority, said a recent report said nursing mothers’ rooms and children’s play areas were among the top amenities likely to appear in North American airport terminals the next three to five years.
Children can play on a miniature ambulance, a miniature Medevac helicopter which includes the LVHN logo and a cut-out of the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital. The message of healthy is reinforced through a miniature play farmers’ market, with a focus on vegetables.
The space is set against a mural backdrop which depicts landmarks in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.
A tech bar equipped with numerous outlets is available just outside the play area.
“It was designed for adults and teens who may want to charge their devices before they get on a plane,” Downs said.
The Mamava lactation pod is a small, private area outfitted with a keypad and lock on the door.
Downs said the project helps convey LVHN’s mission of “health, comfort and care.”