newborn baby safetyThe Childbirth Center at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center recently installed a new and innovative infant safety system developed by CertaScan Technologies that captures high-resolution newborn footprints that can be used for precise identification in situations that might cause separation between the parent and baby, such as a natural disaster or the unfortunate reality that a child could go missing later in life.

Due to the strict safety protocols, CertaScan has garnered the attention and praise of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and is recommended for hospitals in the most recent Infant Security Guidelines.

“Implementing CertaScan has allowed us the opportunity to offer parents, especially first-time parents, extra reassurance of their newborn baby’s safety,” says Jennifer Ayala, MSN, RNC-OB, EFM-C, PMH-C, director of maternal child health services, Childbirth Center, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center. “We capture a photo of the newborn’s footprint, along with other identifying medical information, that is uploaded to a database that parents can access through a protected password following the baby’s delivery.”

CertaScan is an added security measure to the already safe environment of the Childbirth Center at Orange Coast Medical Center –by allowing the team to capture high-resolution newborn footprints that can be used for precise identification – as each baby has their own unique and distinct footprint. CertaScan also captures a photo of the infant at the time of the foot scan and a scan of the index fingerprint of mom. After the baby’s footprint is scanned, all identifying medical information is stored securely within the CerstaScan database and parents are given password-protected access after delivery.

CertaScan gives parents the ability to access their baby’s footprint up to a year after their birth. They can use the copy of the footprint for various keepsakes and print the scan out free of charge.

“Since the program’s inception, parents have loved the extra measure of safety, as well as the special footprint keepsake they get to take home with them,” says Ayala. “You never want to think something terrible can happen to separate you from your child, and although the chances are slim, we are finding that parents are thankful to have a system there to help should the need arise.”

The Childbirth Center at Orange Coast Medical Center is a dedicated center for expectant women, providing compassionate quality health throughout the birthing journey. The Childbirth Center offers a comprehensive program of research, diagnosis, treatment, educational resources, maternity classes, and individual and family support programs all under one roof. The Childbirth Center has been recognized by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) for Quality & Sustainability, for low-risk cesarean birth among first-time pregnant women, and for the Maternal Data Center Superstar Award for having the highest levels of engagement with CMQCC’s quality improvement tools and programs; as well as being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a ‘High Performing’ hospital in maternity care.

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