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Hospital Uses iPads to Connect Mothers With Newborn Babies

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot



    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has debuted (via TUAW) 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.
    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
  2. Guest

    Nice...but somewhat random.
  3. macrumors regular

    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.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    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
  5. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    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!
  6. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    That's wonderful. Not!? :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors regular

    Can you say "iPad"? "iPad"?


    Holy cow, what happened to the baby in the picture?! Looks like a squeezed head.
  8. macrumors 603


    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.
  9. macrumors G5


    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.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Look at the eyes

    Isn't there something demented about these nurses -- I'm sure it's just a bad picture, but LOOK!
  11. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    lol! :D


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


    Now the Mom will be able to see when a nurse flips and starts beating the baby or doing things not supposed to do.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  13. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Why not!? :p
  14. macrumors 6502

    Geez, a day old and it already has an Apple ID, which as we all know are for life.
  15. macrumors 603


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


    Um...you mean they turned on Skype? Fascinating.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Great now the baby will his or her mommy is an iPad.

    You missed the point. :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors regular

    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.
  19. macrumors 6502

    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.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    That kid has a serious case of Frankenbaby.
  21. macrumors 68000


    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.
  22. macrumors member

    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.
  23. macrumors regular

    What if the baby gets trapped in the iPad?
  24. macrumors member

    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.
  25. macrumors 65816


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


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