Buncombe County medical supplier becomes family-friendly model

Aeroflow, the fourth-largest distributor of breast pumps in the country, has wheeled in new policies and accommodations for employees. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

One healthcare products supplier in Buncombe County has wheeled in new policies and accommodations for employees.

Aeroflow is the fourth-largest distributor of breast pumps in the country. Thousands of the devices wind up in the homes of new mothers.

"With us growing in the breast pump and mother and baby space, we thought it was really important to practice what we preach," Jennifer Jordan, the director of Aeroflow Mom & Baby, said.

Now, Aeroflow is offering its workers a room for breast pumping, doula services at no cost if needed, a year's worth of free diapers, two weeks of fully paid paternity leave and six weeks of fully paid maternity leave.

"What we're trying to do as company is set up a standard (not only) for WNC, but also for the country and say: 'This should be the bare minimum,'" Danny Polich, of Aeroflow Development, said.

"We've had other companies inquire about what we're putting into place, what the buzz is about," Jordan emphasized. "I think paid time off is incredibly important."

"It's not a burden on the business. It's not a burden for women to be having children, and it's better for the company and the well-being of the employees if the company supports the mothers,"expectant mom Tosha Gentry said.

In fact, Aeroflow managers say productivity and morale are up since the new benefits took effect, potentially resulting in employees staying on the job longer.

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