Baby scales take the weight off midwives

Angela Lewis, service improvement manager for children and young people at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, with one of the new M-300 scales developed by the Rotherham-based Marsden Weighing Group
Angela Lewis, service improvement manager for children and young people at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, with one of the new M-300 scales developed by the Rotherham-based Marsden Weighing Group
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SCALES that could revolutionise the way babies are monitored by health professionals have been unveiled by the Rotherham-based Marsden Weighing Group.

Centurion Business Park-based Marsden says its new M-300 scales are the lightest, most portable, one-piece baby weighing device on the market.

The new scale has been designed to be easily carried by visiting midwives and health visitors, is accurate down to two grams and has a battery life of 700 hours.

Angela Lewis, service improvement manager for children and young people at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, has been piloting the M-300 with her team of health visitors.

“This scale is ideal for our team of health visitors who make house calls to check on babies across the region,” said Angela.

“Most importantly for our service, the scale is incredibly accurate. If a mum is breast-feeding, any concern is clearly centred on whether the baby is putting on weight. Also if we are carrying out vital diagnostic work, accuracy is absolutely critical.

“The fact that the scale is one-piece rather than several components is also a major advantage, as it operates seamlessly and is designed to be portable.

“The team were struck with how easy it is use, but also how lightweight it was and the fact that it could be carried in a rucksack. This was very welcome for our team, as they have to carry many items when visiting patients, such as work bags and laptops.”

Marsden’s managing director, Richard Black, said: “A baby’s growth and development needs to be tracked to ensure it is growing up healthily. Our scale is able to give precise measurements and make the weighing process easier than ever before.

“We have spent a great deal of time developing the many features of the M-300 and designed it to match and exceed the requirements of midwives and health visitors, as well as providing peace of mind for parents that their newborn child is gaining weight and developing well.”