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New-born babies needing specialist care still get to bond with mums using video calls

New mums who are separated from their babies immediately after birth are being given iPads to help them bond with their child via a live video link.

The Neonatal department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital are now offering iPads to parents so they don’t miss on those precious first moments with their new-born child

Babies that suffer complications or premature babies are often sent straight to a neonatal unit so they can receive specialist care, meaning that new mums can often spends hours, without being able to hold or bond with their new-born baby.

There are currently two iPads available within the department - generously funded by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) - and when a mum is unable to visit her baby a cart is taken to her bedside where she can watch them via video link and talk with staff to receive important updates on the baby’s progress.

Sharon Ali, Neonatal Sister said: “This is a brilliant idea for those mums who may be separated from their baby.”

“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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A huge thanks also goes out to Kinetic-ID, who kindly donated the carts that hold the iPads