Encouraging mom and baby bonding in the NICU

Premature babies with health problems often end up in neonatal intensive care units and separated from their mothers. This once standard practice can be emotionally taxing on mothers and, doctors say, it may not be the best care option for babies.

The babies often stay in the hospital long after their mothers are discharged, which means parents have to travel back and forth to see their children. Intensive care units for babies are often in tight quarters with little privacy, making it hard for bonding between mom and child.

As a result, a handful of hospitals are trying to change the culture of neonatal intensive care units and in turn reduce costs and improve the time it takes babies to recover.

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