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NH dad's Facebook post about lack of diaper changing stations goes viral

Union Leader Correspondent

June 05. 2018 10:53PM
Portsmouth's Chris Mau is a dad who says he is tired of having to change his daughter's diaper on bathroom floors because there aren't diaper changing stations in some local public restrooms. (COURTESY)

Chris Mau, 33, of Portsmouth, and Kali, 8 months old. (Courtesy Photo)

PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth father fed up with having to change his daughter’s diapers on bathroom floors says he is pleasantly surprised with the support he has received since a Facebook post on the issue went viral.

Chris Mau, 33, was on a walk with 8-month-old Kali, her sisters and his fiancee Aleasha Elderkin last month when they realized Kali’s diaper needed to be changed. The family stopped at the Lafayette Road McDonald’s and Mau took the baby into the men’s room while the older girls went into the large indoor play area.

Mau went into a stall and found out there was no changing station in the public restroom. He grabbed a towel out of the stroller and laid it out on the floor so he could put a clean diaper on Kali.

During the incident, Mau’s mind was racing as he recalled times in the past where he had run into similar situations. Even though the couple complained as they left, Mau was still upset when he got home and posted photos of the incident online.

Mau said during an interview with the Union Leader Tuesday that a friend urged him to make the Facebook post public to spread awareness about the fact that many men’s rooms do not have appropriate accommodations for fathers with babies and small children.

“It literally just exploded worldwide,” Mau said of the post which went viral. “I’m honestly pretty dumbfounded with the huge response I’ve gotten.”

Mau said people from Germany, Brazil and Canada have reached out to him.

“I’m just kind of puzzled as to why in 2018 this is still such a problem,” Mau said.

The phone was not answered at the McDonald’s in Portsmouth Tuesday evening. A request for information submitted to their national media relations office was not answered Tuesday.

The demand for more changing tables in men’s rooms is not new. In 2015, actor Ashton Kutcher launched a campaign to call for businesses to install them.

In 2016, the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act was signed into law by then President Barack Obama. The law requires changing tables in all publicly accessible federal buildings.

Mau said he hopes his public post will help raise awareness for business leaders.

“A lot of parents go into a public establishment under the impression said establishment is family friendly and would have accommodations for younger children,” Mau said.

Mau’s post has been shared more than 144,000 times and has gotten over 63,000 reactions on Facebook.

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