Worcestershire hospital deploys iPads to assist mother-baby bonding

Written by Sam Trendall on 23 January 2020 in News

Tech will allow new parents to interact with children requiring specialist care

Credit: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Worcestershire Royal Hospital has deployed iPads to help new mothers bond with babies from whom they have been separated due to their specialist care needs.

Babies born prematurely or with other health complications are often taken into specialist neonatal care immediately after birth – preventing mothers from being able to hold or touch their child during its first minutes and hours.

To assist with bonding, the hospital now has two cart-mounted iPads which can be taken to a mother’s bedside, allowing her to see and talk to her child – and the medical staff delivering its treatment – via video link. 

The technology was funded by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS).

“This is a brilliant idea for those mums who may be separated from their baby,” said neonatal sister Sharon Ali. “The first mum to use the iPad was in tears when she could see her baby. It was very emotional; the staff were all overwhelmed with the reaction. It is a privilege to see that bond developing and we are so grateful to the donation from the LMNS.”


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