Moms "FaceTime" with Their Babies

January 01, 2015

University Hospital is connecting moms and babies through technology

BACKGROUND: There’s nothing more calming than the sound of a mother’s voice for a child. It’s just as comforting for a mother to hear and see her baby — especially when mom and baby have to spend a few days or weeks longer in the hospital due to medical reasons, and mom isn’t strong enough to visit her new bundle of joy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

But thanks to a familiar technology, University Hospital’s NICU is now able to connect moms with their babies, using iPads and Apple’s FaceTime app. Moms can see and hear their babies remotely. While it’s not the same as holding their babies, it can lessen the anxiety and stress of separation. Mothers feel at ease knowing their babies are being well-cared for by the NICU team through the new “Baby Chat” program.

WHO: University Hospital moms and their babies

WHAT: Moms visit their babies in the NICU via FaceTime from their hospital patient rooms

WHEN: Call University Health System Corporate Communications to set up an interview with a mom and capture the moment.

Monday through Friday, anytime between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: University Hospital
4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229