By: Ann Bowdan, WLKY Reporter
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. —New technology at Hardin Memorial Hospital is providing parents of premature babies with a peace of mind.
New cameras are allowing parents to see their hospitalized infants when they can’t be there in person.
For parents who have children in the NICU, babies who could be here weeks on end, one of the toughest things to do is leave them.
“She came awful quick. Wednesday I had been to the doctor’s, everything was fine,” mother Melissa Peters said.
But in less than 24 hours, Lillian Jane Peters was on her way, 11 weeks early.
She’s doing well, but as a preemie, she’ll be in the NICU for several weeks.
It’s a lot for first-time parents Melissa and Brian Peters.
They don’t want to leave Lillian’s side, but demands at home take them 30 minutes away.
“The NicView, we can log in at any time. Unless they’re doing a procedure on her, they have a camera on her, I can see her anytime,” Melissa Peters said.
The cameras, recently installed in the NICU, allow parents to check in.
“I get that feeling of, where she is at, what she’s doing. And I look on the NICU and go, ‘There’s my baby.'”
“Overall it’s better for the baby. And I think when they can come and can do skin to skin, that’s great but this will also help them at home,” Dr. Bridget Hempel said.
The Hardin Memorial Foundation bought the cameras with the help of a $36,000 grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
“The NICU quickly came to the top of the list as needing our support. We are where we are today in support of the NICU and believe me, it’s been a grand slam home run,” NMH Foundation chairman Joe Prather said.
The cameras can also be accessed through a smartphone, where family members can share the link, take snapshots and share them.
Personnel at the hospital and an agency in Louisville monitor the cameras 24/7 and move the cameras remotely to get the best angles for viewing.