Here's Looking at You, Kid: How Webcams Help Parents Bond with Premature Babies

Susan Kerr, George Crooks (Editor), Digital Health & Care Institute

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Abstract

During pregnancy, most parents prepare for the baby's arrival and look forward to introducing a healthy baby to family and friends soon after the birth. But an increasing number of parents (8-12%) find that things do not progress as planned and their hoped-for healthy baby is sick or premature and needs expert neonatal care.
When this happens, joy is replaced by concern about the baby's immediate and longer-term health and development, and a period of stress and anxiety for the parents often follows. Admission to a neonatal unit also means the parents are separated from their baby for lengthy periods just when they should be establishing bonds.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • neonatal care
  • remote monitoring
  • early bonding process
  • emotional well-being
  • mylittleone

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