Our story begins almost 30 years ago when Corky's now grown children were babies. As a young mother learning to be a mother herself, she saw a need for parent education beyond the birth process. With one of her fellow Lamaze teachers, she created her first Baby Care Boot Camp, an instruction manual aimed at providing new parents with essential information they needed to care for their newborns.
The following year, she expanded on this concept by renting breast pumps out of her home, (and the trunk of her car) and alas the first "Pump Station" was born! More women were entering the work force then ever before and Moms needed Pumps! But what she soon realized, more importantly, was the tremendous need for expert lactation support and information. Determined to help these moms, she enrolled in one of the country's first clinical lactation consulting programs at UCLA and received her Lactation Consultant certification. She was now officially able to offer the expert advice so many women needed to successfully breastfeed their infants. Happy moms soon spread the word and what started out as a home office grew into a small little breastfeeding and parenting center - the first new parent resource center of its kind.
In 2007 after the birth of her daughter Daniela, first time mom Cheryl Petran, sought breastfeeding support from "The Pump Station" (word on the street was, it was THE lactation spot in town). When she decided to join one of their new Mommy & Me Groups in Santa Monica, she also found the community support she'd been searching for as a new Mom. Inspired by her experiences with Corky and her new found "Mommy family" at The Pump Station, she was determined to make sure all new and expecting parents were aware of this wonderful and necessary resource accessible to all expecting and new parents. As a former buyer for Target Corporation, Consultant for Brands like Disney, Mattel, and SVP at Jakks Pacific, she even saw potential in their ability to expand on the curriculum and services offered - thus the "Nurtury" was born.
Today The Pump Station & Nurtury® provides education and support to over 550 expecting and new parents weekly in their Santa Monica and Hollywood locations. Cheryl is now CEO and Owner and together with Corky (IBCLC, MS, RN and part owner) they continue to look for ways in which they can support and empower women and men as they move into their new roles as parents. Their team of credentialed experts utilizes evidence based information to educate parents on everything breast, baby and toddler. With the recent addition of Postpartum Doula services in the Los Angeles & Orange County areas, and more expansion on the horizon, The Pump Station & Nurtury® is continuing on its mission to nurture, support, and empower, all new parents with compassionate service, quality information & outstanding products.
"Our clients often tell us how wonderful it is to find most of the resources for expectant and new parents integrated in one convenient location. Parents and babies come through our doors every day to access the huge selection of products we now carry, and to attend classes that range from prenatal breastfeeding and baby care to baby signing and infant CPR. They also come for expert breastfeeding help by attending one of our breastfeeding support groups for new mothers, seeing one of our lactation consultants, or discussing breastfeeding issues with our trained staff. Our goal remains the same today as when we opened a quarter of a century ago. We want The Pump Station to be a sanctuary for expectant parents, new parents, and their precious babies at this very challenging and rewarding time of life." – Corky Harvey