Photo from BellyBelly - Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting/Facebook
Moms and pregnant women are clamoring for a maternity bed that’s making waves on the internet.
The photo above of a hospital maternity bed with what looks like a bassinet attached to it was posted by Australian parenting website BellyBelly on its Facebook page. The bassinet is designed as a sleeping area for the newborn so mom could easily reach for her baby whenever she needs to.
The caption for the photo reads, “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!”
Soon, the post was flooded with likes and comments saying, yes, this is definitely a good idea! As of writing, it’s reached over 224,000 likes and 129,000 shares. Comments range from “Love this!”, “Fantastic idea!” and “This is awesome.”
C-sections can be terribly painful. Moms who have gone through it can attest to how difficult it was to move and let alone get up. The bed also makes it easier to breastfeed as baby is just an arm’s reach away. Plus, if you were planning to co-sleep, this can be a great introduction to it too!
The bed reminds us a lot of a built-in co-sleeper. A co-sleeper is a crib with one of its sides completely open or lower than the others. This side is put next to the parent's bed so mom or dad can easily reach baby at night.
Compared to sleeping directly on the bed, co-sleepers are meant to decrease the risks of a co-sleeping baby getting injured while snoozing next to mom and dad. The one in the photo looks like it’s built-in, or perhaps detachable, to the bed.
Development pediatrician at Medical City Dr. Precious “Tippy” Tanchanco mentioned a few of co-sleeping's advantages in an article in Smart Parenting.
“Babies tend to sleep better and more peacefully when they are with their parents. Your warmth, your smell, the sound of your breathing – these make them feel more secure, so even if they wake up in the middle of the night, it’s easier for them to fall back to sleep with little or no help from you,” she said.
She also stressed the importance of creating a safe sleep environment for your baby. "There should be no thick blankets, no comforters. The bed sheets should fit snugly on the bed and should not be easily pulled off. You need to ensure that your baby does not get smothered.”
We agree, it would definitely be great to have maternity beds with attachable co-sleepers. Do you think we’ll be seeing them anytime soon in local hospitals, seeing as many Filipino parents do actually prefer co-sleeping with their kids?