When a newborn requires placement in the neonatal intensive care unit and his mom is non-ambulatory on another floor of the hospital, due to a C-section or other birth complications, it makes the bonding process quite difficult. Luckily, a new iPad® program in the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA is helping mamas and babies form bonds early on, even when they are in different wings of the building. The program, called BabyTime, bridges the separation gap by connecting parent and child via an iPad system and a secured Internet connection. One iPad is set up next to the infant’s incubator, while a second iPad is set up next to mom in her room. Once the system is in place, a mother can log onto BabyTime twice a day to see and talk to her baby. Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics says that as many as 20 to 30% of new moms who undergo C-sections don’t feel well enough to travel to the NICU for 24 to 48 hours. He explains that BabyTime is an invaluable new offering because, “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.” There’s no doubt that there’s too much screen time happening for kids and parents nowadays, so it’s really refreshing to see technology used in a way that will actually benefit families.

+ Source: Cedars-Sinai