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New video tech to support premature baby parents

New video tech to support premature baby parents

Thursday 29 March 2018

New video tech to support premature baby parents

The Special Care Baby Unit at the PEH has got a new system, called vCreate, which is a web-based maternity application that allows nurses to record special moments which might have previously been missed by parents.

vCreate helps to reassure parents of their child's progress when they need to leave the ward, by allowing nurses to record video updates from a tablet which are then sent to the parents.

The videos then create a library that the parents can download and access even after discharge. It is free for parents to download, after the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation supported the idea from the start.

"When the neonatal unit staff first spoke to us about vCreate I knew instantly that it was something that I would like the PPBF to support. I know personally how difficult it is to have to leave your baby in hospital," Jo Priaulx from the PPBF said.

"When Sebastian was born I had to leave him each night for the 20-mile return trip home as we were living in the UK at the time. It was 17 years ago but the memory is as fresh as if it was yesterday and it was so upsetting to leave him each night. This new technology will give new parents such reassurance as well as an incredible record of how far their baby has come."

Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation

Pictured: The Trustees of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation: Richard Le Tocq, Andy Priaulx, Jo Priaulx, Ali Lihou and Guy Hardill

In addition to providing funding for the vCreate App, the PPBF have also bought a new iPad for the unit to use to support the video system.

“Nursing staff will be able to record precious moments on camera, like when babies open their eyes for the first time, or comes off ventilation. These milestones are important to parents," Heather Renouf, Lead Nurse of the Neonatal Unit, said.

"Over time a video diary builds up, and that’s a record of the child’s journey that can be kept forever. I would like to thank Christel Braybrook for bringing the idea to the unit and, on behalf of the unit, I would like to say a huge thank you to the PPBF for their endless support."

Pictured above: Jo Priaulx with Heather Renouf from the Neonatal Unit and Senior Staff Nurse Chrystal Braybrook, demonstrating the new vCreate kit

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