Impact of a Parent Video Viewing Program in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Jennifer C. Weber, Kristin Sohn, Hadley S. Sauers-Ford, Ashley Hanhauser, Daniel J. Tancredi, James P. Marcin, Kristin R. Hoffman

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Purpose: Video visits, or televisits, have become increasingly popular across various medical subspecialties. Within the University of California, Davis, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a video visitation program known as FamilyLink allows families to remotely view their babies when they are otherwise unable to visit. This study aimed to explore parents' perceived effects of video camera use as well as the relationship of video visit use with rates of breast milk feedings at hospital discharge. Materials and Methods: Families enrolled in this study completed a series of two identical surveys that gathered self-reported data on their experiences during their infant's hospitalization. Comparisons were made considering whether the FamilyLink program was utilized during the admission as well as changes in self-reported experiences over the time course of the hospital admission. The type of enteral feeding at discharge was recorded and reviewed for each baby. Results: Of 100 families enrolled in the study, 30 were found to have used FamilyLink to visit with their baby. The use of FamilyLink was associated with survey findings of sustained intention to breastfeed or provide breast milk to the baby, as well as increased perceived parental involvement in the baby's care. Improved rates of breast milk feedings at the time of discharge were also found among babies whose families conducted televisits using FamilyLink. Conclusions: Video viewing in the NICU has effected a positive impact on breast milk feedings and parents' feelings of involvement during the admission, with the potential to further improve on families' experiences with a hospitalized baby.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-685
Number of pages7
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • neonatology
  • newborns
  • NICU
  • NICU parent
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • televisits
  • video visits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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