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MacRumors
Apr 8, 2013, 09:14 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/04/babytime_ipad.jpgCedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has debuted (http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/About-Us/News/News-Releases-2013/iPads-help-new-moms-bond-with-their-infants-in-the-Neonatal-Intensive-Care-Unit.aspx) (via TUAW (http://www.tuaw.com/2013/04/08/hospital-uses-ipads-to-help-moms-stay-in-contact-with-newborns/)) 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 (http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Bios---Physician/P-Z/Charles-F-Simmons-Jr-MD.aspx), chair of the*Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics (http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/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.

Article Link: Hospital Uses iPads to Connect Mothers With Newborn Babies (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/08/hospital-uses-ipads-to-connect-mothers-with-newborn-babies/)



irDigital0l
Apr 8, 2013, 09:24 PM
Nice...but somewhat random.

Dainin
Apr 8, 2013, 09:29 PM
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.

locoboi187
Apr 8, 2013, 09:30 PM
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

Amazing Iceman
Apr 8, 2013, 09:37 PM
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!

Mr. Retrofire
Apr 8, 2013, 09:42 PM
...Great idea, while also preparing future iPad users...
Babies will feel helpless without an iPad in their crib! Heheh!
That's wonderful. Not!? :rolleyes:

ArtOfWarfare
Apr 8, 2013, 09:58 PM
Great idea, while also preparing future iPad users...
Babies will feel helpless without an iPad in their crib! Heheh!

Apple stockholders rejoice as people are addicted to Apple's products at ever younger ages. (That's why AAPL is up 1% today.)

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.

nagromme
Apr 8, 2013, 10:15 PM
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.

Swift
Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 PM
Isn't there something demented about these nurses -- I'm sure it's just a bad picture, but LOOK!

Amazing Iceman
Apr 8, 2013, 10:27 PM
apple stockholders rejoice as people are addicted to apple's products at ever younger ages. (that's why aapl is up 1% today.)

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.

lol! :D

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That's wonderful. Not!? :rolleyes:

iPad, iPad Mini and the new iPad Baby! :D

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Isn't there something demented about these nurses -- I'm sure it's just a bad picture, but LOOK!

Now the Mom will be able to see when a nurse flips and starts beating the baby or doing things not supposed to do.

theheadguy
Apr 8, 2013, 10:29 PM
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.

Mr. Retrofire
Apr 8, 2013, 10:39 PM
...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.
Why not!? :p

Candlelight
Apr 8, 2013, 11:49 PM
Geez, a day old and it already has an Apple ID, which as we all know are for life (http://www.itnews.com.au/News/339056,apple-user-you8217ll-be-one-for-life.aspx?eid=1&edate=20130409&utm_source=20130409_AM&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter).

Carlanga
Apr 9, 2013, 01:30 AM
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.

why do you want to buy a webcam, just get a nice holder that can rotate as needed.

robbysibrahim
Apr 9, 2013, 01:32 AM
Um...you mean they turned on Skype? Fascinating.

tech4all
Apr 9, 2013, 02:30 AM
Great now the baby will his or her mommy is an iPad.

Um...you mean they turned on Skype? Fascinating.

You missed the point. :rolleyes:

RobQuads
Apr 9, 2013, 04:39 AM
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.

jm001
Apr 9, 2013, 04:49 AM
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.

Webcam that has to be attached to a computer or the built-in one on a laptop? Hence the use of the less cumbersome and smaller footprint iPad. In reality the hospital probably has some mount or stand for the iPad.

ConCat
Apr 9, 2013, 05:16 AM
That kid has a serious case of Frankenbaby.

r2shyyou
Apr 9, 2013, 07:01 AM
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.

Exactly. We didn't spend very long in special care with our son, at least compared with you, but this would've been very relieving and comforting to have had we not been able to be with him. Given the choice to either see him on a screen or to not see him at all, we would've chosen the screen without hesitation. Luckily for us, it didn't come to that. Kudos to the hospital for trying. And best of luck to you and your twins.

mtfbwy
Apr 9, 2013, 07:16 AM
I had a child who spent 3+ month in the ICU and stuff like this is invaluable. The NICU usually also has very restricted visiting hours.

I led development on a much better system that is currently deployed at Texas Health in Houston. Our system has permanently mounted IP cameras and speakers so the parents can interact with premature babies in incubators. This setup with ipads seems like a hassle for hospital staff. Our system allows mobile and web-based access to the camera.

Daws001
Apr 9, 2013, 07:18 AM
What if the baby gets trapped in the iPad?

jmdeegan
Apr 9, 2013, 07:19 AM
As someone who, between micro-preemie triplets spent over 6 months in the NICU, i have mixed feelings on this.

my wife and i got up to see them as much as possible while she was still in the hospital, in spite of the C-section and other fun stitching she endured. i wheeled her up in a wheel chair the first morning, but pretty sure by the 2nd day she was hell bent on getting up on her own (thats what bed rest will do to you).

where something like this would be nice, i think, is those other like 12 hours a day that one of us wasn't bedside. so we could see them before we went to sleep, or when we woke up. as it was, we called their nurses when we woke up and before bed to get our usual status reports, and spent pretty much all day every day there.

anything to get to see more of your baby isn't necessarily a bad thing.

tho, for most babies in the NICU, the stock photo they used is not really indicative. baby looks like they are just about ready to go home, and the isolette isn't in there at all.

Eduardo1971
Apr 9, 2013, 07:24 AM
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.

You do know the person responding was being sarcastic? You must have missed the smilie face at the end.

D-oh!

Squilly
Apr 9, 2013, 07:32 AM
Is that an iMac I see in the distance? ;)

Tankmaze
Apr 9, 2013, 08:37 AM
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.

longofest
Apr 9, 2013, 08:44 AM
That kid has a serious case of Frankenbaby.

actually looks like a pretty normal newborn. if you're referring to the squeezed head, that is normal for vaginal delivery - the head literally gets squeezed and becomes oblong to fit through and rounds out in the first few months of life.

sweetbrat
Apr 9, 2013, 09:16 AM
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.

charlituna
Apr 9, 2013, 09:29 AM
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

Guess you missed the part where these are NICU babies etc sometimes with mothers that could spread an infection to their own child and, depending in the baby's condition, kill it.

Not just denying them their kids for the heck of it

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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.

Another person that didn't bother reading the article. Geesh

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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.

Just because you were blessed with a child that didn't have to spend days in the NICU doesn't mean it is useless.m

Maybe this isn't the best system or the best tech but they are trying to do something. So how about the negativity and tasteless jokes just stop. If it is not something that interests you then don't waste your time reading the article etc

GenesisST
Apr 9, 2013, 09:39 AM
That kid has a serious case of Frankenbaby.

Never seen a freshly squeezed out new born have you? In fact, have you ever kissed a girl (William Shatner)... :D

bedifferent
Apr 9, 2013, 09:52 AM
It's never too early to get them hooked ;)

dasmb
Apr 9, 2013, 10:13 AM
My daughter was born about 5 weeks early and had to spend a full week in the NICU.

You folks without kids can't begin to understand how horrible it is to have a child locked away in a room, far away from you, connected to tubes and plastic warming trays, constantly afraid for it while you're simultaneously trying to heal from surgery (Sections, while they have a very high success rate, are still surgery; you're tired and on pain killers and unable to eat).

Adding separation anxiety on top of all of this is a real problem. I had ducked out of the hospital for a few hours to catch a nap and the panicked phone call I got from my wife is something indescribably terrible. Nothing was wrong, but the shock of everything and her re-balancing hormones put her in a place of fear I've never seen before.

Anything science can do in this area is appreciated. I know, it's another health care cost, but it's peanuts compared to the peace of mind of already stressed mothers, and might help free up a hospital bed (sections get a max 4 day stay in NY and you stay the ENTIRE time, because otherwise you go home without your baby).

milo
Apr 9, 2013, 10:34 AM
I'm pretty amazed by some of the ridiculously ignorant comments on this one (and yes, it helps to actually read the content before making comments that make you look like a jackass).

This was exactly the situation we had when my son was born. He was held in the NICU for four days. When he was born in the morning my wife saw him for just a few minutes, then he was taken away for tests then to the NICU. Any baby in the NICU generally isn't allowed to leave other than being taken for tests. My wife had a C section and it took a long time for the epidural to wear off and for her to be able to get out of bed into a wheelchair, much less walk. She didn't end up being able to see our son until late that night, it was horrible for her being stuck in the room with no way to see the baby. I spent the day going to the NICU, taking pictures and shooting video, then bringing it back to my wife's room and showing her on the TV. For us it was thankfully just one day, but even that was torture, and for some families it can be days or even longer.

Having this obviously is no substitute for being able to see and hold your new baby, but this would have been an incredible improvement. I'm glad they have this and wish it was around when we had our son.

KdParker
Apr 9, 2013, 10:57 AM
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.

Eduardo1971
Apr 9, 2013, 10:57 AM
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.

locoboi187
Apr 9, 2013, 11:25 AM
You guys are way to serious on the internet ;) everyone knows that there are cases where the baby cannot be touched :cool:

Icculus
Apr 9, 2013, 12:45 PM
I'm pretty amazed by some of the ridiculously ignorant comments on this one (and yes, it helps to actually read the content before making comments that make you look like a jackass).

This was exactly the situation we had when my son was born. He was held in the NICU for four days. When he was born in the morning my wife saw him for just a few minutes, then he was taken away for tests then to the NICU. Any baby in the NICU generally isn't allowed to leave other than being taken for tests. My wife had a C section and it took a long time for the epidural to wear off and for her to be able to get out of bed into a wheelchair, much less walk. She didn't end up being able to see our son until late that night, it was horrible for her being stuck in the room with no way to see the baby. I spent the day going to the NICU, taking pictures and shooting video, then bringing it back to my wife's room and showing her on the TV. For us it was thankfully just one day, but even that was torture, and for some families it can be days or even longer.

Having this obviously is no substitute for being able to see and hold your new baby, but this would have been an incredible improvement. I'm glad they have this and wish it was around when we had our son.

Thank you for the post, and the one from dasmb, I feel for both of you for having to spend time in NICU. Both of my sons were born early, 7 weeks/6 weeks, and both spent several weeks in NICU (3 weeks/2 weeks) and it was the worst thing in the world. Pretty much everything you described above is what my wife went through. She had a C-Section and was wasn't able to see her baby right away because of the testing and inability to get in a wheelchair. This is no substitute but I would have been over the moon if we had something like this for either one of our sons. A+ for Hospitals adapting technology like this in the right situations.

ConCat
Apr 10, 2013, 01:47 AM
Never seen a freshly squeezed out new born have you? In fact, have you ever kissed a girl (William Shatner)... :D

I have, but my nephew didn't look like that at all. Just a perfect healthy baby. Looked exactly like my sister did at that age too. Ah the memories. :p

charlituna
Apr 10, 2013, 02:01 PM
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-

You probably also had a lot of parents who were totally freaking out and no matter what you said to try to assure them that Junior is just fine they just weren't going to believe it until they could see the baby for themselves. Especially mothers. it's a natural reaction. And I bet it broke your heart to have to put your foot and say they could not go into the room. THAT is the kind of thing this effort is about and clumsy as it might be for the moment its better than nothing.

Brother Esau
Apr 17, 2013, 11:08 AM
Great....so let me see if I understand this correctly, one of the first things that a new human life see's is a computer?

WOW that is so wrong on so many levels! New Born Babies being indoctrinated as soon as their eyes open....not cool at all!

Emilyyu
Jun 20, 2013, 04:38 AM
It seems that an IP camera can also realize this and have even more functions