Applaud Innovative Infant Monitoring System


Target: Univeristy of Virginia Nursing Professor Beth Epstein

Goal: Applaud implementation of a new monitoring system for infants in neonatal intensive care

Recently, the University of Virginia hospital has started implementing Skype communication for families to monitor their babies while they are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital. This allows for families to more frequently monitor their babies’ progress in the hospital without having to deal with the complications of being physically present.

The Skype monitoring pilot program was initiated by the University of Virginia Nursing Professor Beth Epstein. Although some technicalities of the program are currently in the process of being worked out, such as ensuring quality picture images, Internet speed, and storage of the devices in the NICU, the results of the program have been promising.

The NICU setting strives to be a family-friendly, relatively stress-free environment for families to comfortably rest while waiting for their infants. In reality though, the NICU is known for being a restless, stressful environment characterized by its bleating monitors, numerous medical equipment, and busy medical personnel. This causes stress for families of babies in the NICU, and often makes it difficult for medical personnel to maneuver around family members crowded in the NICU patient rooms.

The Skype monitoring system helps to alleviate much of the complications that busy families face with having to stress about their babies’ health during their stay in the NICU. Epstein’s pilot system enables real-time monitoring and enables parents to ask the medical personnel questions about their infant. According to a parent and current user of the Skype system, “ ‘It’s not the same as being there, but it’s the next best thing.”

Please sign the petition below to approve of the University of Virginia nursing professor’s initiative to implement the innovative baby monitoring system in the UVA hospital.


Dear Professor Beth Epstein,

Giving birth to a baby with severe medical complications is a very stressful experience for the baby’s family. Additionally, the desire to spend as much time as possible watching over the baby while balancing other schedules can be very daunting for family members. However, your initiative for implementing the innovative Skype system for monitoring babies in the NICU is promising for families for monitoring their babies’ conditions on a regular basis.

Thank you for taking the initiative to start implementing this extremely beneficial system in the University of Virginia hospital. I look forward to reading about the positive effects that this system has on families of infants in the NICU.


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