NICU cameras giving parents peace of mind

Many new parents can relate, after your baby is born you don't want to let them out of your sight. But for babies born ill or premature, parents have to wait while their child receives care in the NICU.

AUSTIN - Many new parents can relate: after your baby is born, you don't want to let them out of your sight.
However, for babies born ill or premature, parents have to wait while their child receives care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

A new technology is allowing parents to feel like they're with their baby even when they're not. It's called NICVIEW. 

New mom Courtney Slaughter is getting to see how it works firsthand. Her son, Maverick, was born four months earlier than expected, weighing one pound seven ounces.

Needing special care, Maverick was brought to the NICU at St. David's Medical Center right after he was born. 

"Being that he was my first child, I was really scared," Slaughter said. "I was frightened. I didn't know what was coming." 

Slaughter gave birth in her hometown of Marble Falls, but has been staying in Austin at the Ronald McDonald House to be with Maverick while he receives care. Maverick's father has had to stay home. 

"It's been the hardest for him being that he can't be here with us every single day," Slaughter said. "He has to be away and work." 

The small NICVIEW camera is making things a lot better. 

"He loves it," Slaughter said. 

The camera provides a 24/7 live stream of your baby you can access through the Internet. 

"The family member gets a specific username and password and then they can give it to who they want to,"  St. David's Medical Center NICU Director Rhonda Reed said. 

Slaughter says she's spent many sleepless nights checking in on Maverick. 

"It's a piece of mind knowing that he's okay," Slaughter said.  

Right now, St. David's has 21 NICVIEW cameras at their 65-bed NICU. Hospital staff are hoping to have a camera at every bedside in the near future. 

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