Newborns make early Internet debut in Arundel hospital's virtual nursery

March 12, 2000|By Kimberly Marselas | Kimberly Marselas,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers new mothers a high-tech option when it comes to their baby's first photo -- a "Web nursery" where pictures of newborns can be posted on a secure Internet site.

Until this week, Anne Arundel was the first hospital in the area to offer an Internet photo service, but the idea is spreading, as Sinai Hospital in Baltimore prepares to begin its service.

The Annapolis hospital started working with That's My Baby, a Georgia-based company, last month and has had an overwhelming response. Hospital spokeswoman Mary Lou Baker said almost all of the new moms have signed on for the service.

"I think it adds to the whole experience," said Karen Peddicord, the hospital's clinical administrator for women's and children's services.

That's My Baby, which posts photos for a dozen hospitals nationwide, keeps the pictures on the Web site for 60 days. Parents are required to buy $24.95 worth of old-fashioned print photos or pay $24.95. The service requires visitors to enter a code before they can view a baby's photo, and parents post as little or as much information about their baby as they like.

Aside from Arundel and Sinai, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center are also looking into Internet baby photos.

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