Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley has just become the first hospital in WA to provide new parents with a live and secure video streaming service direct from the maternity cot to mobile phones and computers of friends and family around the world via an SMS message all that allows them to connect to the live stream. It is the Virtual Baby Visit.
This amazing technology, namely Look@MyBaby was launched in WA this week at Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley following an 18 month pilot program by its developers and 6 months of offering it commercially in the east coast.
To register, parents pay a one-off fee of $100, which covers them and all their friends and family around the world for unlimited viewing during their hospital stay. They are then provided with unique security code access to ensure that only the parents decide who is given access to the Virtual Baby Visit. Friends and family view live video of the baby free of charge, other than the cost of their ordinary Internet access.
Clinical Nurse Manager of Mercy Hospital Family Birthing Unit, Haydee Cowper said that ‘the technology is so simple, and it allows more access to the newborn baby during such an exciting time in a new family’s life’.
Melbourne based developer Clayton Neilson said ‘that the service of Look@MyBaby was often purchased by grandparents or relatives that were unable to be present for the newborn arrival, all for the cost of a bunch of flowers’.
Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley is a division of MercyCare. The Family Birthing Unit at the hospital has 6 delivery suites, and is supported by Perth’s leading obstetricians and dedicated staff, which assists in more than 1400 deliveries annually.