Mother uses hospital's new NICU camera to view baby 24/7

Angelina Hall visited the Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in WellSpan York Hospital everyday like clockwork. She fell into a routine, arriving at 9 a.m. and leaving at 3 p.m.,or sometimes later, but she wasn't a nurse. Hall was monitoring U'Nyizàh Jay'myia Hall, her daughter, born May 1, at 23 weeks and two days. She weighed just one pound, four ounces.

Hall wasn't able to bring her baby girl home. For more than four months, she had to leave the hospital empty-handed.

That changed on Sept. 11. Her daughter wasn't ready to come home, but thanks to the Angel Eye System, Hall is able to check in on her baby, even after she leaves the hospital.

The cameras, placed on the bedside of every baby in the NICU, allow parents to watch their children in real-time 24/7. All a family needs is a valid email address and access to laptop, tablet or smartphone to tune in.

Hall never again has to wonder how her baby is doing.

"You do get a lot of anxiety when you're away from your baby and you miss her so much," Hall said. "Now I know that I can just log in on the Angel Eye and have a great experience with being able to see her. It gives you the security that she's OK."

Connecting parents to their babies digitally used to be tough to manage.

NICU assistant nurse manager Beth Swartz said York Hospital had one laptop and Gettysburg Hospital had another. The two would open up a video stream in which the mother could view their child, but there was a catch. The mother had to physically be in the hospital and it could not be used on two children at the same time.