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June 02, 2021

The HALO® BassiNest® swivel sleeper introduces a new level of care for newborns at Arnett

IU Health Arnett Hospital

The HALO® BassiNest® swivel sleeper introduces a new level of care for newborns at Arnett

For the Mother Baby unit at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital, the number one goal is to keep the babies safe. Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the IU Health Foundation, modern bassinets will make it easier while encouraging safe sleep habits.

The HALO® Bassinest® swivel sleeper introduces a new level of care that brings newborns closer than ever to their caregivers. Its innovative design with 360-degree rotation enhances postpartum room-in practices, helping Moms nurture and bond with their babies while enabling safe sleep practices from day one.

“The biggest benefit of the BassiNests is its ability to maneuver over the bed and improve Mom’s access to her newborn,” explains Selina McNulty, RN, BSN, manager of Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby at IU Health Arnett. “Traditional bassinets are positioned alongside the bed and Moms must either try and get out of bed or twist awkwardly to reach the baby. For many of our Moms, and particularly our cesarean section Mothers, getting up out of bed quickly to attend to a crying baby, or when they see their baby is spitting up, is not an easy task. With the Halo BassiNests, Moms can swivel it over the top of the bed, just like a bedside table. They are able to attend to baby with no additional stressors.”

Early bonding is a vital process critical to both parent and child’s healthy growth and development. Newborns need a loving touch. Moms always want to provide the best care for their babies and will fight fatigue and pain to comfort and care for their newborns. This often leads to Moms holding their babies in their arms even though they are very sleepy themselves. By positioning the BassiNest over the bed with the Mother, she can easily reach baby, patting them to sleep, being able to keep a hand on baby while both sleep.

IU Health Arnett is a Cribs for Kids Safe Sleep Nationally Certified Gold Standard Hospital. Teaching safe sleep habits, by role modelling them, like not sleeping with your baby in your bed, will help prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths, SUIDs, formerly known as SIDS.

“If we can help teach parents not to sleep with their babies in their beds, and they can learn alternative soothing techniques, swaddling, patting baby gentle while they lay in a safe bassinet or crib, we have one more opportunity to save a life,” added McNulty.

Last month, IU Health hospitals across the state received more than $600,000 in grants from IU Health Foundation for projects focused on making Indiana one of the nation’s healthiest states. The grant dollars supported the Foundation’s funding priorities of people, progress and partnerships.

Safe Sleep Reminder

All by Myself

The safest way for babies to sleep is by themselves. Your baby should never share a sleep space or bed with another person, including on the couch or in a chair. Keeping the crib clear of all blankets, stuffed animals and toys can help to prevent smothering. To keep your baby close, put his or her crib or bassinet next to your bed.

On My Back

When babies sleep on their tummies, they have more trouble breathing and are at higher risk of sleep-related death. Babies are also less likely to choke when lying on their backs (there is less of a risk of spit up getting into the windpipe in this position). Putting your baby on his or her tummy during waking hours can often help prevent a flat spot from forming on the back of the head. You should always supervise your baby closely during tummy time, making sure he or she is awake for safety.

In My Crib

Sleeping flat in a crib, bassinet or playpen is the safest place for your baby. This keeps your baby from slumping, which can block his or her airway. Keep the crib empty so your baby does not suffocate.

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