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Nicview Webcam System lets parents watch infants in NICU

UNDATED (WHDH) -- Web cams aren't just for adults anymore -- now babies are in on the technology.

Little baby Bauer was seen on the Nicview Webcam System.

When high risk babies are born - they're immediately sent to the neonatal intensive care unit - and now parents, like Kori and Jeff Keller, will be able to see them from their hospital beds.

"So to be able to wake up and see his chest rising and falling and my husband's hands inside the incubator being able to touch him was a sense of relief that I don't know I could put into words," said Kori Keller.

The Kellers were the first patients to use the web cam when baby Bauer was born - mom saw Bauer for the first time through Nicview from her recovery room in 2011.

The Keller family lost their baby girl Ramsey two days after she was born - and she wasn't able to monitor her daughter from her hospital room.

"If we would have had the Nicview cam, we would have seen distress.

They maybe could have told us a little bit earlier that there was distress we maybe could have been there sooner than what we were."

Individual cameras are mounted above the isolettes to provide parents with real-time viewing.

"It's become very apparent that parents have a real time of anxiety until they're able to connect with their baby and know what's going on," said Roger Wallace, a perinatologist.

Even those who may be deployed abroad can keep real time tabs on their newborns.

"And other family members are able to see what's going on with the baby as well," said Wallace.

The Nicview is currently in a pilot stage in 17 NICU units across the country including UMass Memorial in Worcester.