New bassinests helping moms at RVH and General and Marine Hospital

Especially helpful after caesarian births

There’s a new helping hand for moms at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie and Collingwood’s General and Marine Hospital (CGMH).

The new Halo Bassinets, which replace traditional hospital bassinets, have an adjustable-height swivel design which allows a mom to position her newborn for safe and easy access for breastfeeding and care. Moms can keep their babies close to them and at eye level while they both rest – mom in the comfort of her bed and babe in the safety of the sleeper.

“These new bassinests are great as they promote bonding. The height on the sleepers is adjustable so moms can literally have it right over their lap while in bed. Even when laying down, moms can have the baby right at their level beside their bed. The clear bedside walls of the bassinests let moms keep an eye on their babies so they can rest without losing eye contact and physical touch.”

– Charmaine Smith, manager, RVH Birthing Unit and Obstetrics

Second-time mom, Amanda Dewar says she is very pleased with the new bassinests.

“For my first child I used the old bassinette and actually found it really difficult having just had a C-section,” says Dewar, cradling her newborn son Nixon. “I love this new one because it moves so smoothly. I can easily pull it down and toward me which is amazing because I just had another C-section.”

– Amanda Dewar
Joe and Amanda Dewar are seen caring for their newborn son, Nixon.

Each year more than 2,000 babies are born at RVH. This new equipment, it says, contributes to the health centre’s focus on family-centred care and improved patient experience.

“Following delivery, skin to skin contact is something that all healthcare providers strongly encourage between parent and baby. These bassinest sleepers help moms that have delivered via c-section…reducing bending and lifting, which can be uncomfortable on incisions.”

– Linda MacLeod, Interim VP Patient Experience and Chief Nursing Executive, CGMH

More than 100 babies were delivered by c-section over the past year at CGMH.

banner image via Collingwood General and Marine Hospital