New Technology Allows Families To Check On Babies In Hospital Anytime Day Or Night

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UPDATED: Thursday March 20, 2014 6:25 PM

New technology, called NICVIEW, allows parents to be in touch with and view their babies whenever they want.

What is usually one of the happiest times in a family's life can quickly turn into one of the most stressful.

Parents often have round the clock access to their babies in newborn Intensive Care Units, however being there for long periods of time isn't always possible for the parents.

There is now new technology being used at Nationwide Children's Hospital that gives families a virtual view of their newborns.

One baby born prematurely is Keira Bolton. She was born on October 22, 2013 at 25 weeks to the day or 15 weeks early.

Her mother, Kenyatta Bolton said, "She was born at one pound ten ounces, and now she's almost nine pounds so she's come a long ways."

Kenyatta says she and her husband have been bedside for months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

“I don't know if there's really words to justify how absurd and crazy it all was. It’s been a tough road but my husband and I have significant people in our lives," added Kenyatta.

The support is critical especially for families with babies in intensive care because parents can't always be at the hospital and sometimes they miss out on milestones.

"It's hard enough just having a premature baby and thinking you're not taking your baby home, and maybe not for up to a year, you're not going to have your baby at home."

The NICU at Nationwide Children's now uses what's called NICVIEW, which is a camera system that extends the family centered care using technology.

NICVIEW allows parents to be in touch with their babies at any time anywhere. Parents can use NICVIEW with a smart phone, tablet or even a desk top. It has allowed Keira to have virtual

visitors from across the country, ranging from Dayton, California, Michigan, and other various locations in Columbus.

NICVIEW has created cross country connections in support of a special baby girl who is battling chronic lung disease

"Right now it's the waiting game waiting for her to grow bigger and for the lung tissue to get stronger so she can go home with us."

The baby's video feed is only accessible by its parents and those that the parents have given the user name and password to.

The NICVIEW system does not require or store any video or patient information.

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