Family & Parenting

These New Maternity Ward Beds Are Being Hailed As A ‘Game Changer’

This is a good idea.

It can be very difficult for new moms to pick up or hold their newborn from the hospital bassinet. It can also be hard to always depend on a nurse to bring their baby to them.  This is especially true after having a difficult delivery or C-section.

A new bed, as posted by moms’ site BellyBelly, is designed with a bassinet-like section for their newborn baby.  It aims to make it easier for moms to pick-up and hold their new bundle of joy.

The post said, “Would you like to see beds like this in all maternity hospitals? What a great help for C-section mammas too, but most of all, keeping ALL mothers closer to their babies after birth!”

Would you like to see beds like this in all maternity hospitals? What a great help for c-section mammas too, but most of…

Posted by BellyBelly – Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It has clearly resonated with moms out there as there have already been 1/4 million likes and shared over 125,000 times.

Popsugar stated that this bed is a game changer for moms recovering from a C-section and unable to get out of bed to reach their babies without assistance.  The bassinet portion was designed to stick out away from the bed to eliminate the concern of rolling onto the newborn baby.

However, Iffath Hoskins, MD, an OB-GYN at NYU Langone Medical Center, tells Yahoo Parenting that there are some concerns with this type of bed.

“If the mother rolls over from exhaustion (and into the bassinet area), there would be the risk of smothering the baby,” she says. “The mother’s arm could go into that space in her sleep and cover the baby, or she could knock a pillow to the side and it’s on the baby.”

Hoskins goes on to add “That’s why we don’t let the baby sleep in the bed with the mother. That’s why we don’t give blankets other than swaddling.”