Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Baby Photos in Hospitals
Here’s something I’m really curious about. When my first child was born, our hospital had a bulletin board near the front desk of its birth center. It was absolutely stuffed with baby photos tacked up by proud parents. Some scenes were photographed in hospital beds, others at home or at a park.
When you enter the hospital, you’re bound to spend some idle moments at the front desk. You naturally gravitate toward the sea of happy baby photos on the wall.
When my second child was born, the hospital had hung a second bulletin board, again already packed with baby photos. Some parents had clearly revisited the hospital to post updated images of their kids.
I enjoyed showing my now 4-year-old daughter her own photo on the wall, and the photos of her friends.
Recently, I heard through the grapevine that the hospital is undergoing a system-wide sprucing up, and first to fall were the bulletin boards. The photos? Tossed in a cardboard box and carried away.
The grand insightful plan is for some photos to be relegated to the confines of a photo album that will be available to visitors.
I can’t imagine the judging criteria that must go into building such an album.
The idea is monumentally misguided (read: idiotic) for a multitude of reasons, but I’ll reserve my vitriol to pointing out that these baby photos represented success stories. Instead of removing the images, the hospital should be redesigning the hallway to have wall-to-wall bulletin boards to make a hallway of joy (positioned just high enough to be out of reach of toddler hands). But, whatever.
I’m curious whether this is a small town hospital thing, or if bigger hospitals allow such patient-induced displays of happiness. Does your hospital display baby photos brought in by prior patients?