The physician social-media web site KevinMD has picked up one of my posts, about NICU size! Here’s the link to the article, please share, comment, etc.!
And here’s the opening paragraphs:
Five months in the NICU made the daily 20-mile drive to see our son at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle quite tiresome. He was born prematurely at 22 weeks and 6 days of gestation, and we felt uprooted, wondering if we would ever get him home. Then we met some Alaskans in the waiting room, who told us stories about being hustled on to air ambulances when pre-term labor was discovered, about husbands who had never seen their child because they had to stay with the other children, and about getting tired of living at the Ronald McDonald House.
I said, “There really ought to be a NICU in Juneau like the one here so you can be closer to home!”
A year after our family got home from the hospital, I went to a talk given by a neonatologist about how preemie care developed, and discovered that the issue of building smaller NICUs at community hospitals is complicated and controversial. [continues on KevinMD]