New dad scheme at Bath hospital made permanent

A pilot scheme which allows fathers to stay with mothers and new-born babies overnight has been made a permanent option at a Bath hospital.

The scheme, at the Royal United Hospital, allows new fathers to sleep in reclining chairs.

It means fathers can help mothers after they give birth and bond with newborns.

Clinical midwife manager Amanda Gell said: "Partners can find it very difficult to leave a new mother and baby following the birth."

She added: "Encouraging the partner to stay ensures the support that they have given during the birth is continued and also allows essential family time together.

"Our aim is to provide positive birth experiences and this helps us to achieve this.

"The pilot scheme has been such as success it is now a permanent fixture on the unit."

The hospital was one of five across the country to try out the scheme.

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