Princeton Baptist is working to bring families closer, even from a distance. Get a look inside.

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Healthcare workers are heroes 24/7, but even more so right now. Photo via Brookwood Baptist Health

Most healthcare facilities across the world are restricting visitors to minimize risk in the face of a pandemic. For families with little ones coming into the world, this can be especially hard. One initiative at Princeton Baptist Medical Center is making it a little easier. Get an inside look at how this NICU is bringing families closer, even from a distance.

For those who have a whole lot of decisions to make

No tears necessary—for parents, at least. Photo via Brookwood Baptist Health

If you’ve ever been or even known someone who was pregnant, you know how many decisions there are to make. You have to navigate everything from choosing a name and nursery color, registering for a long list of items for baby, figuring out maternity leave, and a whole lot more.

Deciding where to give birth is a whole other ball game, and it can be hard to know what to even look for. The main concerns are always going to be comfort and safety—after all, you want to be able to focus on your newest family member.

Princeton Baptist Medical Center has some of the most outstanding maternity care in the state. From top-of-the-line amenities to a Level III NICU with a unique way to keep you and your baby connected, they have it all.

For those who want to know what to expect when they’re expecting

Enjoy special first moments with your little one without having to worry. Photo via Brookwood Baptist Health

Ok, so we’re not going to get into the whole book here. I can’t tell you what to expect in your pregnancy, but I can tell you what to expect when giving birth at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

Princeton is one of the best-equipped hospitals in the state of Alabama to help facilitate low-intervention birth experiences. The hospital offers amenities such as a birth navigator program, intermittent monitoring for low-risk moms in labor, private suites with labor tubs and a whole lot more.

“At the end of the day, Princeton does an amazing job at creating an environment where moms and families feel safe and comfortable.

If your goal is a low intervention birth with access to emergent care if necessary, then Princeton is definitely the right place to be.”

Hamilton Yarbrough, nurse-midwife

For those who need a little extra care

These professionals have had social distancing down for years. Photo via Brookwood Baptist Health

Princeton Baptist Medical Center houses a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This means it offers the most extensive medical services possible for premature and at-risk babies.

Having this peace of mind that outstanding care is just a few steps away if your baby needs it can take a weight off of parents’ shoulders.

For those who can’t be as close as they’d like

Connected, from a distance. Photo via Chip Burns

One unique feature coming to the Princeton Baptist NICU is a camera setup. New parents will soon be able to check in on baby any time of day or night with each bed in the NICU equipped with a camera (called a NICVIEW).

“The cameras are live streaming webcams attached to every NICU bed and every family is given a unique log on and password. The family chooses if they would like to use the camera. If a family chooses to, they can share their login with others. Or they can take screenshots or videos of their feed to share with family and friends.

We have had moms tell us, they go back to work and keep the live stream up on a corner of their screen all day, or on their phone, to stay connected until they can be back at the hospital and bedside.”

Alison Scott, Executive Director, Baptist Health Foundation

For those who want to stay connected

Brookwood’s NICU has a way to connect with families who were having to travel from more than an hour away to visit their baby or parents who needed to support their families and couldn’t be in the unit every day. The NICVIEW cameras will be installed soon at Princeton Baptist and Shelby Baptist. Photo via Chip Burns

The cameras, already in place at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, are being installed in the other Brookwood Baptist Health NICUs this year. The cameras will help families to have access to their children, even when they physically have to be separated. The same goes for friends and family members who may live farther away and aren’t able to visit in person.

“When you have a new baby, you want to share your joy with others, and your friends and family want to celebrate with you. But when your baby is in the NICU, visitors are limited to protect these vulnerable babies, people don’t show up with casseroles and gifts wanting to hold your new arrival, and this is one way families and friends can participate and support new parents.

They can see the baby and leave messages for mom and dad. We have had so many share with us, ‘the cameras let us have a little bit of normal, in a not-so-normal time.'”

Alison Scott, Executive Director, Baptist Health Foundation

Want to join a community built on care? Check out Princeton Baptist Medical Center online or on Facebook to learn more.

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