Tablets Helping New Parents Keep Up With Baby

Published On August 6, 2013 | Electronics

Technology seems to be finding its way into the hands of younger users every year. Teenagers spend hours on their smartphones updating their Facebook status and exploring the hype of Snapchat. Elementary students now have access to new laptops in the classroom. There are even tablets for babies available on the market these days.

Many people have taken notice of how important and how beneficial technology has become these days. Now, some hospitals are finding ways to embrace the technological tools.

According to Mashable,

“Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles has implemented a program called BabyTime to help mothers see their infants and even talk with the medical team by using an iPad via video chat. Think FaceTime for new mothers.”

This program makes it possible for parents to virtually be by their infants’ bedside if their baby is admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or facing other serious medical issues.

“Once a baby has been admitted to the NICU, an iPad is set near the incubator. Mom, somewhere else in the hospital, gets an iPad as well, that she can use to log onto BabyTime twice a day.”

The use of technology gives parents the opportunity to bond with their little miracles when they can’t be by their baby’s side. Parents are also able to communicate with nurses and doctors, which can help alleviate the stress of having a hospitalized infant.

It looks like every day there’s a new use for technology.

— By Jennifer Thayer

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