Swedish Medical Center is giving parents a new way of connecting with their newborn babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): a webcam system that has 24/7 streaming video.
The NICVIEW™ is a video streaming service available for parents who have a newborn baby in the NICU so that newborns and their parents can bond, even when they are unable to be at the bedside. It gives the families the opportunity to see the daily progress with their newborn. Many babies in the NICU are preemies and require additional medical attention that keeps them hospitalized for days, weeks, or even months at a time.
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood has two cameras, with more on the way next year, and is the only hospital in Colorado so far to implement this service. Other HealthONE hospitals are looking to get the cameras, too.
The cameras attach to the baby’s bed so the parents can watch on their phone or computer.
As a preemie baby, I was in the NICU for about two months after I was born. I, along with my twin sister, were born at 27 weeks, and we each only weighed two pounds. After hearing countless stories of how difficult it was on my parents to be separated from us for such an extended period of time after we were born, I know that the webcam would have been extremely beneficial.
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