Thursday, 23 January 2014

Extra peace of mind for new mums as hospital places cameras in baby unit


Picture of Baby M's foot in my hand
M's foot

One of the biggest hardships I, as a new mum had to endure when our twins were born was not being able to see them straight away. 

I caught a quick glimpse of them through teary eyes when my husband was allowed a quick cuddle and I was fortunate enough that, although I couldn't hold them, I was able to give them both a kiss.

I couldn't really see what they looked like because tears blurred my vision. 

Did they have cute button noses? Hair like mine or eyes like their daddy?

Picture of Baby R's foot it my hand
R's foot

A number of hospitals in Scotland are planning to install video cameras next to babies incubators. The images will then be beamed live to mums. 

What a wonderful idea! The idea that I could see my babies even though I couldn't physically be in the same room as them would have been so reassuring. 

The first time I saw what our twins looked like was when a doctor brought me a photograph of them. Those photos were and still are the most precious photos I have of our girls. 

Can you imagine how amazing it would have been to have actually been able to watch them live? 

To see what the doctors and nurses were doing to them and to keep track of their progress. 

Whilst I was in recovery, the only way I knew what was happening to our twins was when Twin Daddy came back and fourth to update me.

I know it all sounds a bit big brotherish, but no-one can truly understand what it's like to have a baby, or two as it were in our case, in special care. 

M was in one room and R in another. How do you split your time between them both? 


Picture of Baby R in incubator
R

Picture of Baby M in incubator
M

The ability to be able to watch what was happening live would have meant that Twin Daddy could have stayed with them as I would have known what was going on simply by watching them on screen.

According to 'Edinburgh News', "It is hoped that the gadgets, which have proved a success in other parts of Scotland, will allow mothers to build early bonds with their babies, even if they are unable to experience the physical contact that healthy infants enjoy."

Our twins were born early afternoon and I was able to go to the special care unit to see them around 9pm. Twin Daddy wheeled me there in a wheel chair, but at the times when I had to be in my room to eat, be given medication and to express milk for them both it would have helped to be able to watch them on screen. 

I was always told that new mums produced more milk by looking at their babies, even a photograph of their babies would help, but a video stream surely would have helped more than a photo. To see there little chests and stomachs being drawn in with each breath, to watch their small movements and to see their eyes open and close. 

I hope this proves to be a success and that it can be rolled out across the country. 

What do you think?

2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea having video cameras next to babies incubators....
    I could of done with some cameras when my girls were in hospital for heart surgery....One in ICU & the other on the ward....I felt torn. x

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    1. I did too Kym. I'm didn't know where to place myself. I think this is a brilliant idea x

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