VIRTUAL VISITATION STATION

AN AUDIOVISUAL INTERFACE TO FACILITATE PARENTAL BONDING IN THE N.I.C.U.

Many Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) procedures can have detrimental effects on infants’ health. However, studies have shown that early exposure to maternal voice decreases stress levels and has beneficial effects on a baby’s psychological development. In fact, premature babies who are exposed to their mother’s voice have better developed auditory cortices. The aim of this project is to design a safe, adaptable, and durable device that provides parental audiovisual stimulation to NICU babies undergoing stressful procedures when their parents are off site.

Team: Frosina Pancheva, Blas Lezcano, Lucy Yip, Zach Ricca
Photo credit: Amy Simmons // Brown University


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