Franciscan Health's new NICU cameras allow parents to watch their baby

Parents can now keep an eye on their babies when away from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Franciscan Health has 14 new cameras in their NICU.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 4:59 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 8:38 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Parents can now keep an eye on their babies when away from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Franciscan Health has 14 new cameras in their NICU. They're designed to broadcast a 24-hour live feed of the child.

The equipment was provided by the company AngelEye. Parents will have complete access to the feed and can also allow other relatives to watch during the child's stay in the unit.

Women's Center Director Marcia Cherry says these cameras will offer parents peace of mind.

"It allows them to be comfortable that their infant is here and they can see them and they can feel that they are connected with their infant," said Marcia Cherry.

Cherry says they'll be adding a one-way audio component to the cameras. This way parents can either read or sing to their child from home.

Katey Ostendorf is a mother with two children in the NICU. She says the cameras are a welcome relief right now.

"I've been able to go home at night and the fact that if I wake up in the middle of the night, I can turn on the Angel Cam and just see my babies," said Katey Ostendorf.

Ostendorf says she can't wait for the one-way audio component to be added. She plans on reading books to her children from home.

Franciscan Health's new NICU cameras allow parents to watch their baby

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