New dads able to stay overnight at Royal Bournemouth Hospital

TOGETHER: Victoria Parker with baby Henry James and her partner Ian Wicker

TOGETHER: Victoria Parker with baby Henry James and her partner Ian Wicker

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NEW fathers can now stay overnight at hospital to support the mother and baby.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital is now inviting partners to spend the night in the same postnatal room as the mother and child to offer support and bond with their new baby.

The maternity unit, temporarily located on ward 7, will move to a new home in the autumn.

Once completed, the new permanent unit will also have rooms large enough to accommodate both parents for overnight stays.

Victoria Parker gave birth to Henry James on Tuesday, July 29, and her partner Ian Wicker was one of the first dads to stay overnight.

He said: “Having your first child is a life-changing moment and it was great to be able to help my partner and support her during the very early stages.

“It was great just being in the same room and everything just seems a lot more relaxed. It also means I am not at home worrying or missing them both.”

Victoria said: “It was comforting to know that Ian was so close by should I need him. Obviously staff are only just outside but it was nice for both of us to share the first hours of Henry’s life and support each other through the night.”

Ward sister Lesley Connell said: “I think the other parent misses out on so much straight after the birth of their child and this initiative gives them the chance to build relationships with their new arrival immediately.

“It also gives their partners the chance to rest and eases the pressure on them because it can be quite scary when you have just had a baby and you have no immediate family close by.”

The new maternity unit will have dedicated car parking bays and will improve emergency transfers by ambulance should mothers unexpectedly need obstetric support, available at Poole Hospital.

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3:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Sir Beachy-Head says...

And so the feminization of men continues.

Stay at home, get some mates and booze in and enjoy your last days of freedom.
You wear the trousers, remember that.
And so the feminization of men continues. Stay at home, get some mates and booze in and enjoy your last days of freedom. You wear the trousers, remember that. Sir Beachy-Head
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6:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

misplacedspaniard says...

I think this is a fantastic idea! The dad's miss out on so much by going home. After a woman has a baby they are physically and mentally exhausted yet cannot rest as they have a baby to feed! Whilst it's lovely it's very difficult to move around if your nether regions feel as though they've been set on fire and your stomach is all bruised and battered internally from pushing out a small human. Ignore sir b!tchy head lots of men are very hands on with a baby nowadays and woman find that much more manly than some loser who thinks it's 'feminization'

Idiot.
I think this is a fantastic idea! The dad's miss out on so much by going home. After a woman has a baby they are physically and mentally exhausted yet cannot rest as they have a baby to feed! Whilst it's lovely it's very difficult to move around if your nether regions feel as though they've been set on fire and your stomach is all bruised and battered internally from pushing out a small human. Ignore sir b!tchy head lots of men are very hands on with a baby nowadays and woman find that much more manly than some loser who thinks it's 'feminization' Idiot. misplacedspaniard
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