Families now able to see children in NICU via livestream

Posted at 8:18 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 11:34:42-04

Parents with children in the neonatal intensive care unit now have a chance to see their babies via live stream.

Spectrum Health recently launched the technology at the Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center in Grand Rapids.

Each family is given a username and password, which allows them to access the live stream displaying their child.

The Kroeze family views the livestream everyday and have passed on their credentials to close friends and family.

"We actually use it probably almost every hour of the day because we have an iPad that sits on our fireplace mantel," said Holly Kroeze, mom of Scotland who was born at just 2 pounds 6 ounces on August 21.

Kroeze says the livestream has allowed her two eldest children to see their sister virtually, when COVID restrictions only allow Holly and her husband to see Scotland in person.

"It's really difficult to explain to a two and a three year old that they have a sister when they can’t, be with her, or really see her. So having the camera and having it set up where they can have access to their sister. You know, like they'll, they'll talk to her. They have conversations with her," said Kroeze.

The family says they're on Scotland's time and is enjoying sharing the milestones with their loved ones virtually.

"She's just a little miracle. It's not very often that parents get to say that their newborn baby is their hero, but she definitely is."