September 11, 2010

LalaLala, LalaLala Civil Rights (To the tune of Elmo's World)

Dear Sesame Place Associates,

I would like to express my concern about an experience at your park today. I noticed today that you have two designated nursing rooms for nursing mothers and their children, which is great and I commend your park for this. However, while waiting to meet up with our guests, I observed a young mother and her screaming infant waiting for the door to be unlocked by your staff. She had to call at least 3 times (and I am not sure if it was more as I was not able to stay with her to find out) until someone came and opened the door for her. While I am glad that you have this space available and a phone located at the door for the convenience of calling to open the door, I would like you to reconsider your policy about the nursing rooms.

I feel that it is unfair to have a literal door/gate keeper for the nursing room areas. To be fair, I do not know what your policy and reasons for doing this may be, however may I suggest another scenario. Instead of making nursing women and their familes feel like their civil liberties are under lock and key, how about upon entrance to the park, families who would be in need of the nursing room get a key with a deposit or leave an ID such is required of the lockers, and can use it as needed?

This is an open letter that I am posting to my website and Facebook. I look forward to sharing your response with my readers and friends as soon as possible.


Carly Goldberg MSW, LCSW
Founding Collaborator/Director
Women's Collaborative Circle

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