Angel Eye Camera Systems Allow Parents, Loved Ones to View NICU Baby Anytime
Jesse and Kay Clark delivered their first child last December at the Bryan Family Birthplace. Amelia was born 15 weeks early, weighing just over one pound and measuring 10 inches long. The family has spent a lot of time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Bryan since her birth. Living in Wahoo and now back to work, the Clark family loves the benefits of a new technology in the Bryan NICU, called Angel Eye.
Angel Eye is a camera system that provides a live video stream to parents and loved ones so they can view their baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“We’ve been having all kinds of fun with this new program,” said Jesse Clark, Amelia’s father. “Once I got the link, I logged in over my lunch break at work and was able to see my little love bug moving around. It made it easier to be back at my job. That’s a pretty special deal.”
Angel Eye Camera Systems use a specially designed camera that is above the baby’s basinet or isolette. Parents, family members and loved ones can login to a secure website or app from their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer to view their baby. A live video stream and one-way microphone allows them to see and talk to their newest addition. Angel Eye promotes bonding between families and their premature babies who can’t always be together.
“This is a great benefit to our families in the NICU,” said Laurie Ketterl, nurse manager for the NICU at Bryan Health. “Often times, babies are in our care for months at a time. Parents have to commute, go back to work or look after their other children. This frequently creates anxiety. Now, Angel Eye allows them to check-in on their little one at anytime from anyplace.”
Says Amelia’s mother, Kay Clark: “We sent the link to our families in Delaware and New Mexico so they can see her and watch her grow. Hands down, this is just the best place in the world we could have been.”
Angel Eye Camera Systems in the NICU at Bryan Health is possible because of generous donations from Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation.