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Here's Looking at You, Kid : How Webcams Help Parents Bond with Premature Babies

Kerr, Susan, Digital Health & Care Institute (2017) Here's Looking at You, Kid : How Webcams Help Parents Bond with Premature Babies. The Conversation.

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During pregnancy, most parents prepare for the baby's arrival and look forward to introducing a healthy baby to family and friends soon after the birth. But an increasing number of parents (8-12%) find that things do not progress as planned and their hoped-for healthy baby is sick or premature and needs expert neonatal care. When this happens, joy is replaced by concern about the baby's immediate and longer-term health and development, and a period of stress and anxiety for the parents often follows. Admission to a neonatal unit also means the parents are separated from their baby for lengthy periods just when they should be establishing bonds.