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Hospital Uses iPads to Connect Mothers With Newborn Babies

babytime_ipadCedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has debuted (via TUAW) a new iPad program that allows mothers who are not able to visit with their newborn babies in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to connect with them via a video chat on multiple iPads, dubbed BabyTime.

The program is available to mothers who undergo cesarean sections or other complications during pregnancy and will receive an iPad while the partner iPad will be set up next to the baby's incubator in the NICU. Mothers will be able to virtually visit their babies on a secured Internet connection twice a day.
"BabyTime will help bridge communication with the family and the baby's medical team and is an excellent use of technology to help new mothers bond with their babies, even when they cannot be physically at their babies' bedside," said Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics and Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology. “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.”
Simmons estimated that 20 to 30 percent of mothers who undergo c-sections do not feel well enough to travel to meet their babies in the NICU. The goal of the program is to reduce any stress or fear that mothers may have about their new babies, while allowing the mothers to communicate with doctors and nurses.

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Posted: 14 months ago
Rather have the baby in the hands of the mother. Screw that virtual stuff and the whole "not allowed to touch the newborn" crap :p
Rating: 9 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Great idea, while also preparing future iPad users...
Babies will feel helpless without an iPad in their crib! Heheh!


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Next up, fetuses will receive iPod Touches after being in the womb for 12 weeks. They'll be able to initiate "FetusTime" with their pregnant mothers at any time up until, and even during, birth.
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Rather have the baby in the hands of the mother. Screw that virtual stuff and the whole "not allowed to touch the newborn" crap :p


If the baby is in the incubator, for obvious reasons shouldn't be unnecessarily touched by anyone including the mother.

Great idea, while also preparing future iPad users...
Babies will feel helpless without an iPad in their crib! Heheh!
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Rather have the baby in the hands of the mother. Screw that virtual stuff and the whole "not allowed to touch the newborn" crap :p

Watch out boys, another armchair doctor here. Perhaps the mother is ill, or the newborn-- did that "crap" occur to you?. They don't separate mothers and newborns unless it's necessary now.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
This is all well and good at first: see your baby on-screen twice a day. But eventually you're still going to have to touch the hideous thing! Again and again. Day after day after day. This is at best a very limited solution to the baby problem.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
Looks to me like setting up a webcam would be easier than having a second nurse stand there and aim it. This would be viewed by the mother on an iPad.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Rather have the baby in the hands of the mother. Screw that virtual stuff and the whole "not allowed to touch the newborn" crap :p


As someone who has just spent 8 weeks with their twins in special care anything they can do to make it better is great news. There are so many reasons why the mum can't be there may of which I witnessed.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

My daugther, when she's born. She only need 1-2 hrs max for the hypothermia treatment and then have the cot next to my wife's bed.

Can't see the appeal with this "feature". Somewhat useless imo.


That's great for you, and I'm glad that your daughter was healthy. However, like many others have posted, when a baby is born early or is very ill, they're put into the NICU. Some have very strict limits on visitation, depending on what's wrong and also the mother's ability to go visit. Many babies spend months in the NICU. So while this wouldn't have been useful in your situation, for some parents it would give them some much needed peace of mind.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

My daugther, when she's born. She only need 1-2 hrs max for the hypothermia treatment and then have the cot next to my wife's bed.

Can't see the appeal with this "feature". Somewhat useless imo.


Of course.:rolleyes:

Just because a you felt no need for this in your situation does not mean that this would not be useful to other parents with say, a 23 week ega baby or a baby born with other complications that would necessitated a lengthy NICU stay.

Jeez, some people need to look outside their own perceptions and be more empathaic to the needs of others.

I've worked in NICU for 5 1/2 years and been with parents in conferences as they were given bad news/difficult decisions to make and I've also provided emotional support and couselling to parents as their babies are/dying or have died-some of the flippant replies on this thread are horrible.

Really sad.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Rather have the baby in the hands of the mother. Screw that virtual stuff and the whole "not allowed to touch the newborn" crap :p


From the article, this didn't seem like it was meant to replace holding the baby, but would be used in case when the mother couldn't hold the baby due to complications.
Rating: 2 Positives

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