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Published on December 08, 2020

Camera Connects Mother and Child

Technology brings it all into focus for mom with COVID-19.

DeCota Harris was born four weeks early. His mom was COVID-positive, so they met briefly and were separated until Alisha Harris completed a recommended quarantine. 

Although Alisha Harris knew what to expect because of her exposure, she did not know how she would react to being separated from her newborn. That’s because Alisha’s first born, Dylan on March 31, 2019, died minutes after arrival. That’s what made the separation from DeCota, a baby with special needs, so heart-wrenching for the Harrises.Baby in bassinette with camera above

As Alisha recovered from her pneumonia-like symptoms, she was able to monitor DeCota, who was a patient in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), thanks to a generous donor providing cameras in the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital. 

“It gave me a sense of relief,” explains Alisha, who lives almost an hour away. “You can see his face so clearly,” she reports, bragging on the camera’s quality. 

The Harrises have a code and a password they can share with family who may want to check in on DeCota. Alisha enjoys the camera’s family chat option that allows multiple sign-ons and discussion. 

“Even though there’s no sound, these cameras this donor has provided are an absolutely amazing gift,” says Alisha, adding that visitor restrictions because of COVID makes the cameras even more important for her family’s journey. 

At this point, the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital has 18 cameras in the NICU for families with extenuating circumstances. According to Juanyetta Beasley, RN, NICU department director, each camera costs about $2,500. The goal is to make cameras available to all moms by 2024.

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