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Renown Keeps NICU Families Connected with NICVIEW

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"You don't get to take your baby home and that's the hardest thing in the world,” shares Erin Davis, who gave birth to twin babies who were 11 weeks early. Little Hendricks was born weighing less than three pounds along with his sister, Joleen - who was even smaller. They are almost nine weeks old now and growing well, but it has still been hard on mom - who cannot be crib-side all day, every day. Although she is staying upstairs in a hospital hotel, new technology in Renown's NICU keeps her connected while she's away.

Renown recently installed the NICVIEW Webcam System in all of its NICU cribs. Erin and other parents can now log-on any time of the day or night to check on their babies. "It's nice for me when I'm upstairs or in the middle of the night to look at them. It's really nice when I'm breast pumping because it helps me produce more milk when I could see their faces. It's also really nice for my parents who are back east." The live-stream is wonderful for many families since there are strict visiting policies in the NICU. Young siblings, for example, who would not normally be allowed in can start to bond with the baby now - even from miles away. Each family creates their own password, which is encrypted, to share with family. Video is not recorded either to ensure the most security.     

Renown NICU Manager, Jessica Bakke has been a NICU nurse for 12 years. She empathizes with parents who have to leave their newborn. "We get the 2 a.m. phone calls" from parents who say, "I can't sleep, I need to know how my baby is doing?" Now they can see for themselves. While it doesn't make the separation any less difficult, "This was never the plan for families to have to leave their baby in the hospital." The new cameras are a comforting tool. Plus, nurses can even leave little notes, too. "Little sticky notes saying, ‘I had a bath last night’ or ‘I gained weight.’" It is technology designed to offer peace of mind while these little ones continue to grow and get ready to head home.

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