News brief: Private NICU rooms promote parent-child bonding

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 11, 2009

Babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital Central California are now being cared for in private rooms, making it easier for parents to stay with their children and be involved in their care.

Children's Hospital is located in Madera, CA, and was designated as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® facility in 2004. The hospital recently converted its NICU to feature 21 private and two semi-private rooms. The semi-private rooms can accommodate two babies, making them ideal for parents of twins.

The private rooms have bathrooms, a sleeping chair, and all the equipment needed by the premature babies. As well as enhancing bonding between children and their parents, the rooms also limit noise and disruptions found in traditional NICUs, which can hinder vulnerable babies' development.

Source: Children's Hospital Central California and

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