Traditionally, after a mother gives birth her baby is placed in a nursery with all of the other newborn babies, in a room separate from mom, or they are placed in a bassinet too far from mom's hospital bed for her to reach her baby without help from a nurse. That's just the way it's always been, but if you stop to think about it it's totally weird.
No baby wants to be far from mom right after being delivered into this bright, scary and unfamiliar world, and mom wants constant contact too. Dutch hospital Gelderse Vallei is striving to change the ways moms interact with newborns by implementing new clip-on baby bassinets that attach to hospital beds.
The invention is game changing for mothers and babies, especially moms that must stay in the hospital a few days post-delivery. Even though mom is still stuck in a hospital bed at least she has her baby tucked up right beside her, as opposed to down the hall or across the room.
Gelderse Vallei Hospital writes on their website, "Mother and child are thus close together and can touch each other without the intervention of a nurse...Breastfeeding is easier because the baby is nearby. Especially after a cesarean delivery, if the mother is not very mobile for a few days, the manger has great advantages."
We want to see these awesome maternity beds in every hospital around the world! What about you?