LA Hospital Deploys iPads for Easier Mother-Infant ContactApril 11, 2013
April 11, 2013
Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles recently rolled out its BabyTime program at the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center, allowing mothers to interact with their newborns, even right after delivery. As part of the program, mothers can now make interactive visits to their infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) using an iPad and a secured internet connection.
Due to premature birth or other complications, infants are placed in the NICU for specialized care. Meanwhile, mothers who underwent a caesarian section or have post-delivery complications sometimes are not allowed to personally visit their newborns. According to hospital, approximately 20 to 30 percent of new moms who underwent C-sections are not well enough to travel from the Labor and Delivery unit to the NICU. With Cedars-Sinai’s and BabyTime program, mothers can now see their babies even when they can’t do it in person.
Charles Simmons, the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics chair said that the new iPad initiative will enable the family and the baby’s medical team to communicate properly, as well as bridge the mother and her infant even when they cannot be physically together.
“When doctors and nurses are treating a newborn in the NICU, mom can be right there asking questions and getting updates, even if she’s on a different floor,” said Simmons.
When a newborn is admitted to the NICU, an iPad is designated to the patient and another to the mother, allowing the use of BabyTime program 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, Cedars Sinai’s NICU Nurse Manager.
Technology has provided venues for improved mother-baby care and supervision. To provide efficient maternal and fetal care, clinicians use various programs and medical equipment including fetal monitoring systems.
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Photo courtesy of Cedars-Sinai.
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