Web-streaming cameras connect families with babies in ANMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The arrival of a newborn baby is an exciting and emotional event. But when a newborn’s first few critical days, weeks or even months are spent in the ANMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), parental joy is tempered by the unease of separation and the stress of managing regular visits.

Donations from this year’s paddle raise will go toward ANMC NICU web-streaming cameras, which will allow families to remain connected with their newborn via a real-time video stream on a secure, password protected feed.

The ANMC NICU treats newborns who need additional care due to premature birth or complications that arise after delivery. Of the 1,600 newborns delivered at ANMC, 300 require admission to the NICU. Many families travel vast distances from outside the Anchorage service area for care, which may limit the amount of time they spend with their newborns. This can greatly impact the mother-infant attachment and mothers are often unwell in the immediate newborn period and unable to visit the NICU. Additionally, for many reasons, NICU’s employ a strict visiting policies and extended family are generally not allowed or have limited access.

NICU cameras connecting babies to their families have physical and psychological benefits, including helping mothers with lactation and introducing the newborn to siblings and other family members. Knowing that the baby is sleeping or resting comfortably helps ease parents’ anxiety.

Each camera is mounted on the wall near the infant’s bed and will allow families 24/7 viewing of daily progress, and ensure they don’t miss special milestones, such as first seeing their child’s face after the ventilator is removed.

The installation of NICU cameras will provide a more personalized approach to medicine and ensure the best possible experience for our smallest patients and their families. Your generous donation will help families remain connected in a newborn’s critical first days.

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