It’s a relatively simple idea that new mums wish existed when they were sore and sleepy after the birth of their child. There’s widespread praise for this style of maternity ward hospital bed, complete with attached bassinet so mum and baby can stay close and snooze together.
A picture originating from a maternity hospital in the Netherlands shows a new mother and her tiny baby cosy together in hospital with a clip-on crib fixed to the mother’s bed.
It seems scores of mothers wished they had the option at their maternity hospital. The appeal of having your baby close as you recover from birth and try to establish feeding seems like the perfect solution – especially for mothers with limited mobility after a caesarean.
The image was posted on the Belly Belly Facebook site and went viral, shared 129,000 times and liked by more than 225,000 people. “With midwives having to work hard rushing between patients it means c-section mums struggle getting their babies in and out of cots. This would have made my day,” Clare Garwood Martin says.
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Julia Ackland, who was in hospital at the time the image was posted, says the cot would have been great. “I’m in hospital at the moment after c-section and my husband has had to stay to get up and hand me the baby,” she writes.
“No c-section or overly traumatic birth for me but would’ve still loved this… would’ve meant I could lay with our baby instead of perching on the edge of the bed all night staring at her in wonderment,” says Lucy Saunders.
But heath professionals have been quick to advise of the possible risks that come with a mother not getting out of bed and with sharing a sleeping space with a newborn.
Risks include possible blood clots for a mother who stays idle and baby getting wedged between mattresses or being accidentally covered by the mother’s doona or pillow.
SIDS and Kids says that sharing a sleep surface with a baby is a complex issue that encompasses many factors, and there is currently insufficient evidence to issue a blanket statement either for or against the practice, however studies have identified circumstances where sharing a sleep surface with a baby increases the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.
More safe sleep information can be found at SIDS and Kids.