The Annual Gravens Conference on the Environment of Care for High Risk Newborns brings together leading experts to discuss research, innovation and inspiration on how the environment of care impacts outcomes on preterm babies.
Aligning with the 2018 theme “the emotional environment of babies, families and staff,” ZGF Principal, Sue Ann Barton, along with Dr. Robert White, MD and Director of Pediatric Services Jen Tonkovich, presented a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) design for Beacon Children’s Hospital.
In the session, the group discussed how research informed the ZGF designed NICU room prototype at Beacon Children’s Hospital, including findings on the importance of parental holding and mother-baby connection in the NICU; and the shift to designing spaces that move from the open-ward to the single-family room model. Called the NIC2 room, the innovative prototype incorporates concepts such as Kangaroo Care, where the baby is skin-to-skin with mother (or father), and Couplet Care, which supports putting mothers and babies together as soon as possible after birth. The result, as attendees learned, is a NICU that not only provides the crucial parent-baby connection but also provides the flexibility and space to accommodate multiple care scenarios that can’t be accomplished in a standard NICU single family room.
Watch the entire presentation here.