Los Angeles’s Mount Sinai Hospital is using iPads to provide mothers with Face Time for mothers of newborns in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Mothers separated from their newborns are unable to bond immediately after delivery, but the hospital’s new digital communication system, called Baby Talk, allows mothers to see their child and have bonding time when they are unable to be physically together due to medical complications.
Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics, states that:
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. 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.
Each child placed in the NICU receives a bedside iPad along with mom who can log in twice each day to see her newborn.