The NICView cameras allow families to catch a view of their baby from any device with internet access.
“I believe peace of mind is immeasurable at this point, between before the cameras and now,” said Barbara Henderson, a clinical nurse educator at the Stollery NICU.
“Parents love it.”
The camera program was launched around the end of May, and hospital staff say they’ve already seen a hugely positive response from parents.
Tom Clapperton is a new father to two newborn boys, and had the opportunity to be one of the first families to use the cameras after his sons were born over two months early in August.
While his one baby, Joshua, is now at home, his other son, Ethan, is still admitted at the NICU.
“Whenever we get a little nervous or we just want to do a quick check, we can just turn to our phones and in a few seconds just get a live image of how he’s doing,” Clapperton said.
“I can’t even imagine how it would be to not have this.”
A similar pilot program was launched at the Misericordia Community Hospital in May of this year.
For the program at the Stollery, parents are given a unique username and password for their baby, which they can share with friends and family anywhere in the world.
“My parents are in the U.K., so it means even through they’re very far away, they can kind of feel a bit more connected,” Clapperton said.
“It’s not quite the same of being there, but it’s pretty close,” he said.
Multiple people can be logged into the feed watching the baby at one time.
The nurses at the unit say they’ve seen a decrease in parents calling to check in on their babies since the program launched.
“Overall this is an amazing piece of technology that brings families together,” Henderson said.