Webcams Bring NICU Babies And Parents Closer Together

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Webcams Bring NICU Babies And Parents Closer Together

A new webcam system's been installed at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at John Hunter Children's Hospital, allowing parents to check in on their bubs when ever they want.

A $186,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has paid for the 42 cameras.

The system, known as NICView will allow families of NICU newborns to view and connect with their baby at any time by logging into a secure web-based service from any location, removing the barrier of distance for families not able to visit the hospital and stay with the baby.

"This is a way of connecting between the home environment and the hospital environment," Dr Paul Craven said.

"It must be so stressful for parents who wake up at 4am wondering what's happening, but don't want to be on the phone all the time to the busy intensive care unit. They can now dial in and check themselves that everything ok with their baby."

"We know that one of the hardest parts of a premature birth experience can actually be the family separation from their new baby, particularly for those from remote areas,” Dr Craven said.

More than 1200 families rely on the state-of-the-art NICU services at John Hunter Children’s Hospital each year.