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Babies in hospital - their needs/your needs/effects on bonding and attachment

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misspollysdolly Mon 25-Aug-08 23:29:45

I am currently writing a book about the role and work of hospital play specialists. (I am an HPS myself).

It has become really clear to me as I write (a process that coincides with the first year of DS2's life) thatI need to write very specifically about the experience of Babies in hospital, their needs, their parents needs and any effects that the experience of being in hospital at this very sensitive age might have on bonding and attachment.

I have not had this exact experience myself and although I understand all the theoretical stuff on bonding and attachment (plus have an adopted DD, so have looked into this area and the effects of early experiences more than most) I am really interested to hear from some real mums what that experience is like, from everyone's perspectives. Do you feel that the experience of bing in hospital with your young baby has had an effect(short/long term, temporary/permanent, serious or trivial) on your relationship/bonding with your baby. Were hospital staff helpful? Did you feel that they understood the needs of little babies and their families adequately?

Also interested to know what things did/would have helped you in bonding with and caring for your babes in hospital.

Would be gratfeul for any responses. Many thanks.

misspollysdolly Mon 25-Aug-08 23:32:16

Sorry for typos - am v v tired and have fat-fingers tonight!!

callmeovercautious Mon 25-Aug-08 23:34:56

There is a section for media requests please post there.

misspollysdolly Mon 25-Aug-08 23:37:50

Thanks callmeovercautious - had a feeling it wasn't quite the right space, but couldn't see for looking...will do!

misspollysdolly Mon 25-Aug-08 23:41:28

Can you point me in the right direction...?

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Aug-08 10:02:07

It's here.

misspollysdolly Tue 26-Aug-08 21:39:50

Thanks. Sorry for the MN faux pas blush.

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