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NICU webcams benefit hundreds of families

(l to r) Shrewsbury Rotarians Art Dobson, Julie Parent, Roy Balfour, Derek Grillo, and Debi Hemdal with Dr. Alan Picarillo (front) in the NICU at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center. (Photo/submitted)

(l to r) Shrewsbury Rotarians Art Dobson, Julie Parent, Roy Balfour, Derek Grillo, and Debi Hemdal with Dr. Alan Picarillo (front) in the NICU at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Since a pilot project debuted at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center (CMC) in late 2011, 420 families have benefitted from the installation of 30 webcams for its neonatal intensive care unit.

Called the NICVIEW system, it is the first and only in the state and has had more than 12,000 log-ins from every town in Massachusetts, 40 states, 26 countries, and six continents.

Ten of the region's Rotary clubs and CMC teamed up to enable the purchase of webcams mounted at each bed space, enabling parents and extended family to view the infant in real time at no cost to them. The last of the cameras were installed in June 2013.

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1 Comment for “NICU webcams benefit hundreds of families”

  1. This is a great idea. Parents can see their babies when they cannot visit and extended family members can watch from home and not expose preemies to extra germs!
    My daughter Joy was born at 23 weeks last year. Due to modern medicine and prayers she is doing great today. I hemorrhaged at 17 weeks for the first of 4 times because of 100% placenta previa, which turned into placenta accreta (which I believe was caused by 3 prior c-sections). After she came home from 121 days in the NICU, I wrote a memoir called “From Hope To Joy” about my life-threatening
 pregnancy and my daughter’s 4 months in the NICU (with my 3 young sons at 
home), which is now available on both the Amazon and Barns&Noble websites. It was quite a roller 
coaster that I am certain some of you have been on or are currently riding on. My mission is to provide hope to women struggling with
 high-risk pregnancies, encourage expectant mothers to educate themselves before 
electing cesarean deliveries, provide families of premature babies a realistic 
look at what lies ahead in their NICU journey, and show that miracles can 
happen, and hope can turn into joy.
 Please see my website http://www.micropreemie.net and http://www.facebook.com/jenniferdegl
    
Thank you.

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