The university offers a private space for mothers in Campus Center
Associate Editor Clara Scheidle
“Our goal is to create a space that is very comfortable for mom and baby.”
Located in Campus Center’s Lava Landing, the university’s Lactation Station offers a private space for mothers on campus in order to comfortably take care of the needs of motherhood, such as breastfeeding their babies or breast pumping. The room was recently highlighted in an email sent to the campus community on behalf of The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs, Kaleihiʻiikapoli “Kalei” Rapoza . The email details that the space upholds UH Hilo’s compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandating that employers subject to the Fair Labors Standard Act offer a lactation room for their employees.
This is not the first year that the Lactation Station has been open to students; a 2015 article about the lactation room, complete with a panoramic photo, can be found on the chancellor’s website. Acting Director of Campus Center, Lai Sha Bugado , states that though it’s been open to students for a while, this year the university’s administration would “like to do more publicizing of this service to our campus.”
Where the lactation room now resides used to be storage for the UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA), but it is unrecognizable as such now. The room is small but cozy; it is lit with warm yellow light, cast over light grey chairs and dark wooden furniture which rest on carpeted floor. All the furniture was donated by UHHSA and the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). There are two works of art, donated by Professor Michael Marshall of UH Hilo’s Art Department, mounted on the walls.
“Our goal is to create a space that is very comfortable for mom and baby,” says Bugado.