If you've ever peered at a preemie inside an incubator, you'll understand the plight of parents who have to leave a struggling new baby in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) while they return to work.
But several hospitals around the country are addressing this anguish by mounting special "NICVIEW" webcams above the incubators of infant patients. Parents can reassure themselves around the clock that their babies are alright by accessing the video feed through a password protected web site, and administrators say the program is a huge success.
Even parents whose babies don't make it have good things to say about the technology. Noelani Dauphinee, whose son Jonathan lived for only a week, told CNN that, "You just never know how precious those moments will end up being. In our case it went from being OK to a lot worse in a matter of hours, and it made such a huge difference to be able to know that we had that access."
Have you ever visited a baby in the NICU?