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Parents share their experience: we wish everyone could experience this
On June 4th, 2021, Loet was born at Maxima Medical Centre in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, at 27 weeks and 2 days gestational age. Loet was supported on the Concord Birth Trolley immediately after birth, as part of the ABC3 study. The parents of Loet, Sten en Kim, are happy to share their experience.
“Loet was born at 4:45am and came into this world screaming and floundering. After the birth, Loet was placed on the "Concord Birth Trolley" where he received respiratory support with the umbilical cord still attached. After that, he was prepared for THE moment of cutting of the umbilical cord.
We were able to see everything that was happening with our own eyes because Concord was literally next to our delivery bed. It was nice for us, as brand new parents, to be able to see exactly what was happening. It was also possible to put our hands on our baby to support him.
For us, the delivery was a very nice experience, since our son was born in good health (under circumstances, of course) and we were able to follow and see everything. The doctors and nurses explained everything precisely and we were really part of the moment. In our opinion, the normal procedure creates a lot of distance between the parents and the child, since they cannot see what is happening on the other side of the room. Also, the father does not have to make a choice between his partner and the child at this emotional moment.
We have felt very involved in the whole process and are very grateful for the participation in this study. We wish everyone to be able to experience a delivery like ours.”
Greetings from Sten en Kim