Mothers will have one more way to bond with their new babies, thanks to a grant from the Dublin Foundation.
After receiving funding from the Dublin Foundation last week, the Baby Bond project will start next year at Dublin Methodist Hospital.
"This will start (the program)," said Katy Trombitas, development director for the Ohio Health Foundation at Dublin Methodist and Grady Memorial hospitals.
"We have some gliders, but we'll be putting these in labor and deliveries."
The Baby Bond project is based on studies that show touching, holding and the rocking motion helps family bond with their new baby.
"You think that something like a rocking chair is so simple, but there's so much research to support the impact that rocking can have, not only on the mother and baby but on the health of the baby and even mother," Trombitas said.
Studies show the therapeutic qualities of rocking can also help mothers who have C-sections get walking sooner and leave the hospital earlier, Trombitas said.
Dublin Methodist Hospital is in the middle of expanding its maternity ward and will purchase rocking chairs when the work is complete.
Some rooms already have rocking chairs, but the grant will expand their availability throughout the labor and delivery areas.
"One of the very cool things that Dublin is known for is the culture in our maternity unit," Trombitas said.
"It's really to keep the mother and child together as much as possible," she said.
"Everything the nurses and hospitals do is focused on fostering that bond. (The grant) is an extension of that good work they're already doing."
The Dublin Foundation gives out grants twice a year and the Baby Bond program grant is part of the fall process, said Stacey Kudza, foundation executive director.
"To help the growth of the Baby Bond project we supported it because Dublin Methodist Hospital is a big part of our community and we wanted to make sure we supported them in return," she said.
Kudza and a few foundation members got a tour of the maternity ward last week as they delivered the funding.
"We approved the grant, but the information they shared with us afterward was even more overwhelming as to the research they've done with baby development after the delivery," Kudza said.
"They've really done their research."