About four months ago, I delivered beautiful baby boy. For those of you who have gone through this experience, you know that it can be a time of great excitement and anxiety where everything feels brand new. Knowing what I know now about medical paging, I think of how much that technology would have alleviated stress from the entire process. Because in my opinion there would have been so many uses for a hospital paging system in labor and delivery, this will be a multi-part series.
I am going to start by focusing on my arrival to the hospital. Once checked in, we were bombarded by calls and texts messages from our friends and family who were in the waiting room wanting status updates on our progress. Any of you that have been in hard labor know that trying to breathe your way through a contraction while talking on the phone or responding to a text message is nearly impossible. How wonderful would it have been if my visitors were given a hospital pager to be notified of our status?
Here are just a handful of ways that labor and delivery could have benefitted from a medical paging system:
For the parents-to-be:
- Ease of communication with visitors.
- Less stress of providing minute-to-minute updates, thus giving parents the ability to focus on the labor.
- Information sharing at major milestones.
- The feeling of keeping loved ones included in the process even when they aren’t physically in the same room with you.
For the visitors:
- The ability to run errands for and help parents-to-be with things they need but can’t do while in labor and delivery.
- Provide peace-of-mind to visitors that the process is going smoothly.
- Enable visitors to take a break from the waiting room to go to the cafeteria or outside to get some fresh air (or in my family’s case, to the car to take a nap … my labor was very long and went late into the night).
- Update visitors with the announcement that the new bundle of joy has entered the world.
This technology would have taken the stress away from my husband and me having to respond to all of the visitors and enabled us to focus more on the challenging task at hand.