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The U.S. has some of the worst rates of infant and maternal mortality among the world's developed nations, and racial disparities play a major role in the health outcomes for mothers and babies.
For decades, mothers were encouraged to put their newborn babies in warmers and send them to the nursery for monitoring by nursing staff while the mother rested in her room.
Congenital heart defects. Premature births. Anemia. Pneumonia. Brain bleeding. These are just some of the conditions that can land a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
In jaundice treatment, infants must wear eye protection and lie naked under the lights or on the pad. A new device being testing at University Hospitals is aimed at keeping newborns -- and parents -- more comfortable during treatment.