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Children’s Hospital Colorado knows what a stressful and overwhelming time it can be when a baby is born prematurely or with serious medical problems and is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in our hospital.
When babies are in Children’s Colorado’s NICU, parents, siblings and extended family can’t always be with them as often as they would like. That’s why we have created Baby Chat, a unique program connecting families and their babies in the NICU.
Children’s Colorado’s Baby Chat is a program that uses secure, medical quality cameras and iPads to keep babies in the NICU connected with their families throughout their stay. Parents and approved visitors connect to these in-house telehealth tools via their own personal computer, tablet or smartphone.
While connected, families can talk to their baby and watch the neonatal team care for the baby. Whether mom is connecting from another room or a grandparent is checking in from another state, Baby Chat provides a channel that allows communication and bonding with baby to continue.
Children’s Colorado is one of only a handful of hospitals to implement this new way of communication between parents and babies.
Research shows that babies can hear soft voices while in the womb. Hearing familiar voices after birth strengthens the bond between parents and their child.
Baby Chat uses secure, medical quality cameras and iPads to connect babies in the NICU with their families outside of the NICU. It is easy-to-use and set-up through your care provider who will help get each session arranged through the following steps:
Baby Chat at Children’s Colorado is secure and only the baby’s parents decide who can see their baby. The video is encrypted and all of the communication is designed to protect you and your baby’s privacy. The iPad is cleaned with germicidal wipes, and its memory erased and returned to staff in the NICU following each Baby Chat session.
For more information, please contact:
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Phone: 720-777-6857; Fax: 720-777-7207