Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cooing at new-born babies banned

Cooing at new-born babies banned

A West Yorkshire hospital has banned visitors from cooing at new-born babies over fears their human rights are being breached and to reduce infection. A statement from Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax said staff had held an advice session to highlight the need for respect and dignity for patients. On one ward there is a doll featuring the message: "What makes you think I want to be looked at?" But Labour MP Linda Riordan said the measures were "bureaucracy gone mad". Debbie Lawson, neo-natal manager at the hospital's special care baby unit, said: "Cooing should be a thing of the past because these are little people with the same rights as you or me. "We often get visitors wandering over to peer into cots but people sometimes touch or talk about the baby like they would if they were examining tins in a supermarket and that should not happen." A spokeswoman for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust said the advice was as much to do with reducing infection as it was upholding "rights".


At September 27, 2005 7:15 AM, Blogger greykangaroo said...

2 years ago I had a baby and was astounded that my hospital was removing the only ward where nurses could take babies away briefly from mothers to change them, wash them or give us space for a tiny nap and peace and quiet between feeds. For god's sake, i myself was there for five days I needed a little sleep.

New (WHO) WORLDS BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES said mothers should never be separated from their babies and the baby must stay beside the mother at all times.

What is wrong with the world today when even civilised nations have to make up rules like this Stress-out-the-Mother-completely until she freaks out rule or that no-cooing rule?

Looking in their pram/cot and smiling and laughing and cooing and everything else like that is fantastic for kids they love the attention and it's good for them. In fact they actively seek out the eyes and expressions on adult faces.

What do bureaucrats want? more romanian orphanages where children are left alone with nothing to look at and no one to speak and smile at them? We are social animals for goodness sake! The world is mad.

And may I say, on a totally different note, i enjoy reading this blog from time to time and it makes me very sad to see that Swedes think their own country is changing for the worse and quickly becoming violent and ugly.

Where is the Sweden I recognise? If you only knew how much Australians truly admire the Swedes you would understand how sad all this stuff that you post appears from over here.

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At September 29, 2005 10:53 AM, Blogger Rune said...

Talking of PC gone mad. Did you catch the story of the visiting professor of University of Iowa, Erin Buzuvis, who thinks the pink design on the locker room “demeans women”. Originally Hayden Fry, When Hayden Fry became head football coach at Iowa in the late 70s, one of the first things he did was to have the walls in the visiting teams locker room painted pink. He was a psychology major in college, and thought the colour scheme could be used to mellow out the opposing team since pink was a passive colour.

Buzuvis said, "Using a color associated with women as an insult is offensive to women."

On page 102 of Hayden Frye's autobiography, he says pink is considered a passive color, and he hoped the pink locker room would make opponents passive.

Buzuvis is upset because the book goes on to read some people consider pink a sissy color.

She said, "Using that color as an insult to the opposing team is a way of conveying a message that women and effeminate men are weak."

Pink's A Problem

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