Having a new baby for most parents is an elating experience, especially when the baby is healthy and stable enough to be discharged after about 42 to 78 hours after delivery.
On a few occasions however, a new born child might need to spend a little more than the stipulated time in the hospital usually inside a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When many parents have new babies, the need for their baby staying inside a NICU ward is the last thing that they want to imagine.
There are quite a number of reasons why a new born might be admitted into the NICU ward. Maternal chorioamnionitis, Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), Sepsis or infection, Hypoglycemia, Perinatal depression and Prematurity are some of the reasons why a new born may need to be admitted into a NICU.
It usually is very stressful for a parent to have a child in the NICU considering the anxiety and worry that they face about the well being of the child.
Although a baby receives a superfluous amount of medical care and attention from capable medical practitioners while in the NICU, parents have restricted access to their children and do not get to see their children as much as they’d like.
Nevertheless, there is a way with which parents can cope with the challenges faced in the NICU so that their stress and worry are alleviated. With the introduction of Angel Eye camera to hospitals, parents can now see their babies any time and can reassured that their babies are safe.
Angel Eye camera was first introduced in 2006. It was a thrilling advance for parents who could not stay at the hospital with their baby at all times. The camera delivers real-time video of the hospitalized infants directly to their remote families.
Angel Eye designs, develops and delivers Internet-based camera systems giving room for parents and families interact with and see their baby in the NICU via live video streaming and direct, one-way audio. It includes a camera and one-way speaker, which is placed at the baby’s bedside while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
With the availability of this technology, as long parents and families have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, they can log into a secure account and have a 24 hour access to their baby. This means that parents can bond with their baby while in the NICU bearing in mind that the baby may be in there for up to several months.
And at the same time, this technology lessens a parents’ worry of catching a break to take care of themselves since a lot of parents experience guilt when they try to sleep knowing that their baby is clinging to live by a thread.
For Sam Lart, a new parent and a member of United States Armed Forces stationed in Kuwait, seeing his daughter in the NICU even though he was thousands of miles away from her proved no difficulty whatsoever as he was able to watch his daughter from his cellphone. This improved his bonding and interaction with her.
Professional medical practitioners understand the difficulty parents are faced with when their baby is inside the NICU ward so they have embraced the technology and encourage parents as well to adopt it so that apprehension of parents regarding their baby’s well being will be considerably reduced.