New unit allows parents of premature babies to stay together in hospital
The IWK Health Centre says parents will now be able to stay with their premature babies in private rooms for as long as they are in the neonatal intensive care units.
The Halifax children's hospital unveiled new rooms for families who are in the specialized unit for possibly extended stays after their babies are born.
Tanya Bishop, clinical lead of NICU redevelopment, says they plan to eventually have 19 private rooms as part of the $34-million project.
Previously, both units at the IWK were open-bay care sites and there was nowhere for parents to comfortably stay overnight.
The design emulates the same NICU space used in Norway that promotes family togetherness.
In 2017, nearly 830 babies were treated at the NICU, with the average stay being about two weeks, though it's not unusual for some families to stay there for up to six months.