Camera Helps Parents Watch Newborns In NICU At Novant Health

New technology at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center allows parents to keep an eye on their baby while they're in NICU

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Time spent with a newborn, who has to stay in the hospital, can put a strain on parents when they have to go back to work or run errands. But what if you could see your child 24/7 from anywhere?

New technology at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center allows parents to keep an eye on their baby while they're in NICU -- at all times.

It's called the "Angel Eye Crib Cam." A small camera is placed by each crib in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The camera feeds live video to an internet application, which allows parents to see their children's crib at all times. Parents can then access the live video from their phone, tablet or computer.

Jackie Mullis, whose premature baby has been in the NICU for 8 weeks, says this new technology is a lifesaver.

"I have 5 other children, so it's been difficult trying to balance being with them at home and being here with Gideon," Mullis explained. "It's such a piece of mind to be able to log in at home early in the mornings and in the evenings when I'm home with my other children and can't be here (in the hospital)."

The application connects directly to a speaker by the baby's crib, so that parents can also speak to their baby.

Hospital administrators said the project costs about $200,000, paid for through fundraising and the Tom Davis Fund.

Ann Smith, Director of Women's Services, said it's a small price to pay to help parents with sick kids.

"It's difficult to have a baby in a critical care unit. I mean they know their baby's sick and they really want to be together with them," Smith said. "So if we are going to be here because they need extra care—then we want it to be the best experience."

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