Cameras help families bond with babies in Virginia NICU – NBC4 Washington

Erica and Paul Corgel are the proud parents of Baby Alexandra, who was born in April in Northern Virginia at just 28 weeks old.

“She came screaming into this world, all 2 pounds, 10 ounces of her, and was immediately taken to the NICU,” her mother said.

Technology from the Angel Eye program at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington helped them see their daughter through a video screen when they couldn’t be with her in person.

“We incorporated it into our daily routine to help form that emotional bond before she came home,” Paul Corgel said.

Virginia Hospital Center was one of the first hospitals in the DC area to install the cameras. They said they have seen 32,000 total visits to the website so far.

Kristin Gannon, director of patient care for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), said the idea for the cameras came about after attending a conference and getting feedback from parents.

“It gives them a little glimpse of NICU and a glimpse of their baby when they can’t be here,” she said.

Families can sign up for the Angel Eye program as soon as their baby is in NICU and watch through an app on their cell phone or computer.

To date, the families have spent more than 800 hours with the footage since the cameras went live in February. The hospital hopes to expand the program soon by adding additional cameras. The cameras help families “bond a little better, lessen their anxiety and give them a little more peace of mind,” Gannon said.

Little Alexandra has returned home after almost two months in the NICU. She is now 5 months old and thriving, her parents said.

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The Corgels said they were grateful for the technology that helped them stay connected at a stressful time.

“Our experience with Virginia Hospital Center NICU is one that, while we hope we never have to do it again, we would feel absolutely comfortable if we did,” said Erica Corgel.

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