GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown has some new additions, for its little bundles.
Physical touch and interactions are so important for growing babies, but when the nurse’s hands are tied up or moms and dads can’t be there, technology is playing a key role in keeping them calm.
Mamaroo baby swings are being used to soothe the babies and give medical professionals a break. The infant seat sways side to side and bounces on multiple settings, “to feel like they’re being held and rocked and loved on even when their parents can’t be present,” says Dr. Anna Slagle, a neonatologist at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.
Tanisha Brown’s new addition, Dani, made her debut just a few days early. She was being cared for in the NICU after struggling to get all the needed nutrition.
“She’s had some trouble taking in her food,” explains Brown.
The new mom had her hands full with three boys at home and couldn’t spend every waking moment in the hospital with her little girl.
“I try to come through every day. I try to connect with her maybe an hour or two each day and then go home and still have time with my other boys,” explains Brown.
The Mamaroo swing has kept Dani happy and calm. “She loves it,” says Brown, with a smile.
Mamaroos are available in major retailers for sale, so parents can use them at home.