By Vamien McKalin | Apr 08, 2013 09:20 AM EDT
Sometimes after giving birth, women are separated from their children. Some babies are kept in intensive care, while the mothers are recovering. While these mothers won't get the chance to hold their newborn baby right away, they can now view their babies from their beds via an iPad. At Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, they call this new program BabyTime.
According to a statement from Cedar-Sinai:
"As soon as the baby is admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an iPad is set up next to the infant's incubator. A second iPad is delivered to the new mother, who can log onto BabyTime twice a day.
'The BabyTime program will reduce fear and stress in the new moms as they are able to see their babies and also communicate with the doctors and nurses,' said Selma Braziel, nurse manager for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
'BabyTime is an excellent marriage of healthcare and technology, allowing us to securely use new technology to keep our patients more informed and more comfortable during their stay,' said Darren Dworkin, senior vice president and chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai.
Rachel Little was one of the first mothers to employ BabyTime. After her daughter was born in mid-February by C-section, Little was unable to make her way to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where her infant was being treated. Little was eager to see her baby and hear about her condition.
'Even though I couldn't hold her, she stopped crying when she heard me talk to her,' Little said.
In turn, Little herself was comforted by being able to hear the physician explain the infant's condition. 'While it's not the same as being able to hold your baby, it was almost as good,' Little said."
Such a program could bring mothers closer to their newborn children, and help them psychologically after going a painful childbirth.
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