Angel-Eye Camera Brings Preemie Babies Closer To Parents
Cailyn Finkel 4/19/2018
Having a newborn at home is stressful for any new parent. How will they keep the baby safe at all times?
What about the little things like late-night diaper changes and tantrums? However, for a small portion of parents, their child's first few days (or weeks) on this earth are spent inside a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (or NICU ward).
There, their baby gets extra medical attention and care to ensure they not only survive -- but thrive in the years to come. While the NICU ward is staffed with wonderful doctors and nurses, visiting hours are much stricter and parents don't get to see their children as much as they'd like.
Visitors are limited in the NICU, too. Grandma and Grandpa, siblings, they can only lay eyes on the sweet arrival from a distance.
That's why some hospitals are installing something called "Angel Eyes" in their NICU wards -- and it's having an amazing impact on parents...
According to one University of Kansas Hospital NICU nurse named Laurie Hay, "[The Angel Eye] gives the families the ability to see their baby any time and gives them that reassurance at night when they're sleeping, when they wake up and are able to see them, and know they're okay."
Many parents feel guilty about catching a couple of hours' sleep while their little blessing is fighting to live. But this technology allows them to catch a much needed break and care for themselves so that they can take better care of their baby.
The chance to watch their baby whenever they want can mean the world to parents who are scared about their child's future -- and especially in Sam Last's case.
Sam is part of the United States Armed Forces and is stationed in Kuwait. With the help of Angel Eye, Sam was able to watch his daughter's time in the NICU ward with his cellphone.
This made him feel present during his daughter's hardest moments, even though he was thousands of miles away. The Angel Eye is a godsend for parents who crave that time with their child, but can't due to visitation hours and medical procedures.
The technology has been widely embraced by parents and medical professionals alike. The nurses and physicians know how difficult of a time it is for families when a baby is in the NICU, but Angel Eye helps alleviate some of those concerns.