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Webcams in NICU help parents bond with infants

Parents who are forced to leave their premature infants in the hospital for days, or even months, are often kept from spending time on fundamental bonding and attachment. But with NICVIEW, a password-protected virtual window into the NICU, they can log in to view their babies 24 hours a day.

The NICU camera system has made parents more comfortable because they can see that their babies are being well taken care of. The webcams, which are mounted over each individual incubator, allow a constant connection to the infants.

The cost is about $1,000 per camera, in addition to an annual tech support fee. NICVIEW has full-time customer support so that unit administrators aren’t bogged down by technical issues.

Individual cameras can be disabled at any time at the doctor or nurse’s discretion, and viewing times are customizable.

The video stream can be accessed from any web-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets. Parents can also share login information with family members and friends.

NICVIEW does not require any specific software downloads or apps, and works on all major browsers.

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