There is nothing quite like the smell of a newborn baby, and of course, the promise and joy that a new life is able to bring into one’s life. The thing is, there are instances where new mothers are separated from their newborns right after birth, no thanks to a host of reasons, where among them include complications that arise post birth, a premature birth, or for some, the need for post surgical recovery. Of course, this moment in time would definitely be very hard for the mother, who has for at least 7 months already did her fair bit in making sure that said child would have a relatively safe passage into this world. In order to ease the pain of this separation in a virtual manner, the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles will be relying on the wonders of an iPad in their neonatal intensive care unit for video teleconferencing purposes between mothers and children.
The new program will be known as BabyTime, where it also offers a new mother the ability to speak with the clinicians who happen to take care of her baby. This is more than a welcome feature, especially when things do seem to go downhill at the moment, as this particular connection between mother and child is one that remains all life long, even right from the very beginning. The iPad will be set up right beside the infant’s incubator the moment said infant enters the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, while the new mother would be on the receiving end of an iPad herself, as she can log onto BabyTime twice a day.
Selma Braziel, nurse manager for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, said, “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.” I can totally identify with what she said, and it makes a potentially traumatic experience more manageable, which is always a good thing.