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[December 29, 2013]

Mom says neonatal webcam 'a godsend' [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]

(Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WAUSAU, Wis. - Four-year-old McKenzie Flowerette, of Stevens Point, said she can't wait for the day Isabella, McKenzie's newborn sister, finally comes home.

Isabella, born Dec. 14, is a patient at the Anya Marie Jackson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where her mother, Bonny Flowerette, watches over her day and night. McKenzie and her father, Ryan Flowerette, can't be in Wausau every day, but they, too, watch over Isabella - thanks to a webcam system installed this month at the hospital.

"The webcam is a godsend," said Bonny Flowerette, who gave birth to Isabella when she was just 33 weeks pregnant. "McKenzie can't wait to be a big sister. Seeing the baby has been so wonderful for her." The webcam system, called NICVIEW, includes cameras in each room of the unit that can be positioned over each baby. Families are given encrypted login information that they can pass along to friends and family members who can log in any time to monitor a baby's progress. There is no charge for the service.

The new system has given Ryan Flowerette, who works at Neenah Paper Co., and McKenzie, who attends preschool, a chance to monitor the progress of their new family member even if they can't make the daily trip. Bonny Flowerette said the new system makes sense not only on a personal level, but from a medical standpoint, as well.

"As a mom sitting next to my premature baby, I am very much aware that people want to see her, but she needs to be protected from germs that could harm her or slow her progress," Flowerette said. "This is a wonderful solution. Everyone can see her, but there is no risk to our baby." Isabella should be ready to go home in the next few days; until then, her mother said, she is comforted knowing her family is watching.

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