The Parkview NICU practices family-centered care. This concept places parents on the same team as the neonatologists, nurses, therapists and other support members. Parkview encourages parents to be involved in each step of care.
Our NICU is designed to provide care in all private rooms, which allows parents to room in with the baby. We even have rooms for twins and triplets so the whole family can stay together. This offers family members more opportunity to participate in the care of their baby, allowing families to bond during the early stages of life.
Kangaroo Care is a special program to initiate parent-child bonding. In this program, parents are encouraged to hold their babies skin to skin. Studies have shown that holding babies in this way helps stabilize temperatures, improves oxygen flow to the body, helps mom's breast milk production and promotes bonding.
Parkview NICU's Scrapbooking program is designed to give parents an opportunity to journal their baby's weekly progress. During this time, parents also meet other families who are going through a similar experience and gain support and encouragement from each other.