New Maternity Service Puts Newborns on TV
03/21/00 Portland, Ore.
OHSU Becomes First Portland Hospital Offering Interactive TV Service to Families
Portland couple uses service to put newborn son on interactive TV display to relatives in South Carolina.
11 a.m., Wednesday, March 22
OHSU Hospital (meet in main lobby)
New parents Peter and Tanisha Porath will get to show off their 4-day-old son Octavius to Peter's parents in South Carolina, thanks to a new service offered at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.
The service, Access Family TV, will make it possible for the Poraths to put Octavius on a live television hookup from their hospital room on Wednesday at 11 a.m. For the Poraths, this service will fill a gap until Peter's parents can travel from South Carolina to Portland later this spring. "My mother-in-law is very anxious to see her first grandchild," said Tanisha. "We can't wait to show them what a calm baby he is."
"Most families have only a few members on hand when a baby is born, but the parents want to show the little one off to the world," said Bonnie Driggers, R.N., M.S., M.P.A., assistant director for medical surgical services at OHSU Hospital. "This service eliminates one barrier by creating a way for long-distance relatives to see and hear the baby right away and share the parents' joy."