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Your unit sounds very nice- are all of the babies visible from the outside of each room, or do you have central monitoring to combat that? I think that sounds wonderful, especially for the parents- being able to be present and spend more time with their babies is spectacular, and I wish we did that! In fact, I was just reading an article in the ANN journal that was proposing that every NICU in the future would be similar to that.
My first NICU (last night was my last night! Hooray!) was an open unit- sort of a ward, with no pods or private areas. The hospital didn't offer any rooms for parents, and we had few parents at the bedside because they had no rocking chairs or comfortable chairs for them to sit in, nor did they really have space for them to stay for very long periods of time.
My new unit is set up quite differently, in pods of two infants apiece, with rocking chairs and privacy curtains/sliding glass doors for parents to visit. Still no bedside couches or anything, but it's definitely a more progressive, parent-friendly environment, and I'm eager to experience the difference.
Again, welcome to the boards! We're SO glad to have you.