With hospitals new policies on limiting visitations to see Nurses in the NICU( nurses who care ill or premature newborns) Hospitals are now overflowing with coronavirus patients, and morgues are overflowing and supplies like ventilators are in short supply. This predicament is the reason why there is a limitation in hospital visits, and the current demographic that are experiencing the negative side of this are nursing mothers and their new borns.
Julianna Grogan, a New York City-based new mother who was diagnosed with COVID-19 before the birth of her newborn on April 2, said in an interview that her Husband was present and also cheered her on, as he should her during the delivery via FaceTime, as they were not permitted into the room. “They were watching the whole time,” she said. “Luckily, I had a stand with a clip to attach my phone to the bed.”
She is now recovering, both from delivery and the Covid-19 virus. The nurses at Metropolitan Hospital Center use FaceTime periodically throughout the day so she can see her baby.
Smart NICU2Home is a system can allow parents to remotely check in on their babies. Parents receive secure log-in information when their baby is admitted to the NICU. All 49 of its NICU beds are now equipped with Logitech webcams. Although, this platform was created for only parents with extremely sickly babies, the creators have now made it available for all because of the situation of things in the world now.
Yes, according to professional medical personnels, this kind of means to bond with the child might be difficult, because a mother would crave nothing but to give adequate care to her new born, Dr. Kristin Hoffman of UC Davis said research has shown parents are still effectively able to bond with babies this way, especially when it comes to helping breastfeeding — a concern for many families with babies in the NICU. “From our previous research, we know that families who used FamilyLink were more likely to have a sustained intention to breastfeed — breast milk is like medicine, particularly for small babies, and so this finding is very exciting,” she said.