No Cooing the babies!!!
Culture: This hospital is determined to make the joy of having a baby as bad as possible for everyone.
|COOING over newborn babies could become a thing of the past in Calderdale. A scheme at Calderdale Royal Hospital has banned visitors from asking new mums questions or looking at their babies in maternity wards. It has been introduced by neo-natal staff to protect the baby's "right to privacy." But the drive, which has not been implemented in any other hospital in West Yorkshire, has already received criticism from some new mums. Lynsey Pearson gave birth to her first child Hannah four weeks ago. The 26-year-old, who lives in Northowram, said: "This ludicrous idea is taking patient confidentiality to the extreme. If people did not ask me questions about my baby I would be offended. "I am so proud of Hannah and I want to show her off and I would imagine all new mums feel that way. "When I was in hospital even the cleaners asked me questions and touched her and cuddled her. Babies love attention and I think it is cruel to ask visitors and parents to basically ignore them." ....But staff at Calderdale Royal said the drive was a necessary measure to prevent visitors gawping at newborns or quizzing the mother. Debbie Lawson, neo-natal manager at the Special Care Baby Unit, said the barrage of questions infringed on the child's human rights. "We know people have good intentions and most people cannot resist cooing over new babies but we need to respect the child. Cooing should be a thing of the past because these are little people with the same rights as you or me. "We often get visitors wandering over to peer into cots but people sometimes touch or talk about the baby like they would if they were examining tins in a supermarket and that should not happen." The new regulations have been introduced right across the maternity unit. One ward has put up a display of a doll in a cot with a message which reads: "what makes you think I want to be looked at?" Mrs Lawson said: "Hopefully our message comes across loud and clear. The Government has set a benchmark that every patient has a right to privacy and dignity and we say that includes tiny babies as well. "I can't imagine why any mother would complain. Most would be against strangers poking and prodding and asking questions."|