As the mum of two girls I can imagine, almost palpably, how difficult it must be for mums who are separated from their babies at birth due to health complications on the part of either mum or baby.
Sometimes babies need to be incubated and mums are recovering from their own ordeal in a separate part of the hospital – making physical contact unlikely.
The wondering and longing must be incredibly difficult for a new mum to deal with!
And the powers that be governing the NHS hospitals in Lothian, Scotland, must agree. Plans are in motion to fit video cameras beside babies in incubators, the images beamed live to the mums who will be able to keep a close eye on their little ones.
The screens have been trialled in other parts of Scotland, apparently successfully, in an effort to allow mothers to build early bonds with their babies, even if they are unable to kiss and cuddle them as they would prefer.
The screens have been nicknamed “Big Mother”, and obviously play on George Orwell’s ‘Big Brother’ character in cult novel “1984” – and mum’s beady eye is indeed one to be feared!
The project is small but certainly exciting and even more exciting that it is an NHS initiative – hopefully Scotland can inspire the rest of the UK! We’ll keep you posted!
What do you think of the Big Mother TV screen idea?