COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KRDO) – The first technology of its kind in Southern Colorado enables local families at Penrose St. Francis Hospital to be with their premature babies, even when they are physically elsewhere.
“We’re already very scared, but I think it would be tenfold if it weren’t for this program,” said Sydney Keller, mother of Octavia Rose.
Octavia arrived way ahead of schedule and was born just in time for Penrose St. Francis to launch its new NIC view cameras. Octavia was born after 27 weeks of gestation, weighing just over 2 pounds.
“It was due on August 19 of this year, but I had it on May 24,” said Keller.
Your parents spend hours and hours in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU. However, they inevitably have to go home to eat, sleep, shower, and look after their pets. Octavia’s father, Christopher Allen, will also have to go back to work next week. In the meantime he has familiarized himself with the NIC view camera in order to see Octavia via an app on his phone.
“I use it to say good night to Octavia every night,” Allen said.
The couple can share the app with their families, who Octavia won’t be able to meet until after they’re released from the hospital. That will likely not happen until after their originally scheduled August due date.
In the hallway, Bridgett Quintana also shares the NIC view cameras with her family in Alamosa. Baby Naledi has been in the neonatal intensive care unit for the last month of her life. Her older brothers like to watch her sleep in the app.
“It helps because I have two boys at home,” said Quintana. “They miss her and really want to get to know her.”
Fortunately for the Quintana family, Naledi is expected to be released on Saturday.