Baptist Health Madisonville: Family-Centered Care in the NICU
Neonatologist Arvin Bundhoo, MD, introduces expectant families to the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care unit, where babies who are born premature or sick can get specialized care.
Family-Centered Care in the NICU Health Talks Transcript
Arvin Bundhoo, MD, Neonatal Medicine, Neonatal Services, PSC
In our Neonatal Intensive Care unit, we take care of sick babies, and that includes babies that are premature or babies that are born at term. Most commonly, we take care of babies that have respiratory distress — that can be babies who have some fluid in their lung or, if their lungs are not fully mature, we help them with different devices to breathe. Eventually, their lungs get stronger and better.
Laura Bearden, Madisonville, Kentucky
We actually came in and found out we were having a baby six weeks sooner than we expected. The nurse practitioner took my husband and my daughter and gave a tour of the NICU to let them know what to expect and what the setup was, which I thought was very helpful.
We focus on family-centered care. The family has an integral part in the care of their babies, so we do rounds with the family. We try to involve them as much as possible, answer all their questions, and we encourage mothers to pump breast milk, especially if their babies are premature, because when they’re premature, the breast milk is not just milk, but is a medicine for their babies.
They were actually wonderful about letting me come over and feed and hold whenever we could, and kept us involved. The fact that we do have this so close to home, with such specialized care, is a huge asset to us.