The Parent Pulse: Breast-feeding Suites and a Revamped Play Area

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Mall at Tuttle Crossing play area

A new partnership between Mount Carmel Health System and the Columbus Clippers is a home run for nursing mothers. Mount Carmel and the Clippers have provided two new Mamava suites at Huntington Park. The portable lactation pods, which debuted on opening day in April, provide moms with a private space for nursing or pumping. Amenities include motion-activated lights and vents, an outlet/USB port for plugging in breast pumps or charging devices, and a fold-down table, mirror and benches. The suites are the first of their kind in Central Ohio, according to Mount Carmel. They can be found across the country in airports, NFL stadiums and other high-traffic venues.

Space is out and STEAM is in at the newMall at Tuttle Crossing play area. The mall unveiled the revamped space June 2 in the JCPenney Court, replacing the space shuttle and planets with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics themes. The project includes a separate toddler area and improved sight lines. New additions include an art gallery and a “Wonder Wall” of simple machines.

TheCenter for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital is reminding parents that kids and lawn mowers can be a dangerous combination. Thirteen children on average get emergency treatment every day in the U.S. for mower-related injuries. A Nationwide Children's study published in theAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine shows the most common injuries were cuts and burns. Bystanders and riding mower passengers were almost four times as likely to be admitted to the hospital than operators. For more information, including safety tips, go to

Central Ohioans soon will have a new place to see the stars. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology and Ohio State University's Newark branch are partnering on a $1.4 million planetarium at The Works in Newark. The 2,200-square-footSciDome will have a30-foot tilted dome, 4K digital projection and 60 seats. Officials expect the facility will be used by summer camps in June 2018, then open to the public and OSU in the fall. Learn more at

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