Donors Provide Webcams in the NICU
When Aedan Kehoe was born five weeks early, weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces, he needed the specialized care provided in the Sanford Health Partners Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Michael and Alisha, Aedan’s parents, were relieved he was able to receive the care he needed to so close to home. However, when Alisha went home a few days later, Aedan still needed the care and monitoring of the NICU nurses and staff.
“Although we knew Aedan was receiving great care, leaving him in the NICU was so hard,” Alisha said. “We expected to bring him home right away. We hadn’t imagined what it might be like not to be able to hold him or see him whenever we wanted.”
The Kehoes were ecstatic when the NICU nurses mentioned the new NICU webcams – made possible by gifts from Sanford Health Foundation supporters. Michelle Stachowski, a registered nurse in the NICU, said the webcams help parents with bonding, managing the stress and anxiety of not having baby home with them and providing the peace of mind of being able to log-in and see their babies at any time. “It has especially impacted the mothers of babies who are transferred here from other locations,” Stachowhowski said. “In the past, it may have been two to three days before some of those parents would have been able to see their babies.”
Families like the Kehoes can set up the private, password-protected video stream of their babies with the NICU nurses and schedule times to view their baby that don’t interfere with any procedures or care.
“We can see him stretch and wiggle,” Michael said. “Seeing him helps bring him home, even though he can’t be with us.”
Gifts to a Sanford Health Foundation fund provide opportunities, like the NICU webcams, for patients and their families. For more information or to make a gift, visit foundation.sanfordhealth.org or call (701) 234-6246.
Posted Date: December 2013