What If Mothers Redesigned The World?

To alleviate some of that stress, she suggests we start with private break rooms in all office spaces, designed to cater to mothers. These days, as more and more office buildings are converted to open floor plans, private space feels like a necessary luxury. Shannon’s break room would be designated for everything from breastfeeding and napping to making phone calls to doctors, schools, partners, and children themselves. “When pregnant, swollen feet are often such a hassle,” says Shannon. “What if you could actually relax somewhere and take off your shoes?” While in the workplace, it’s important for pregnant women to have spaces where they can shelter themselves from the demands of professionalism (we’re talking lounge chairs and the freedom to remove your shoes without appearing wildly unprofessional).