In a comment to my previous post, Alex expressed doubts about the validity of the main finding reported in the post and requested hard data, in a visually easy-to-grasp form, to support it.
I am nothing if not a scientist, so here it is:
Fig. 1. Main finding.
Fig. S1. (Supplemental material) Main finding's siblings, visiting at the hospital. The book is a "coloring book for siblings".
Not sure about sharing the birth story here, but I might in some form later.
Still, there is plenty of material from my 48-hour hospital stay and the issues surrounding it for several posts, even if you have no interest whatsoever in people's birth stories.
The hospital stay was really exhausting overall, and I am not blaming the baby one bit.
The reason is that too many different people kept interrupting the rest of me and my baby. The endless stream of people kept coming in to check my blood pressure and temperature, check the status of my uterus shrinking, check the baby's weight, temperature, oxygen level in blood, screen for metabolic disorders, give his first shoot, administer hearing test (twice)...
Especially checking the vitals was brutal: various nurses and nurse's assistants would come in at all hours and wake me and/or the baby. I remember this being an extremely annoying aspect of my previous hospital stays, but this time it really struck me as overkill. I could not get more than 20 min of uninterrupted sleep even though the baby was (N.B. On day 1 after birth, you really should get some shut-eye, because baby will, too, due to exhaustion from the labor. Starting day 2, incessant suckling ensues in order to get the milk supply going, so you will have zero chance for sleep in the coming days.) And yes, every time a shift changed, new staff would come to introduce themselves even if I never saw them again.
Anyway, I know all the staff have checklists of how often things need to be recorded, but there has to be a better way. I fail to see how it's good for anyone if I cannot get any sleep for days. I don't know if this is how seriously ill, on long-term hospital care patients are also handled, but there should be some balance between getting all your checkmarks and letting the person actually rest...