Family Centered Developmental Care
Family Centered Care
Family centered care is an approach to health care that respects each family's individual values, needs, cultures, resources, and strengths. We recognize that the family is the one constant in the baby's life, while the professionals will have short term involvement. We believe in treating the family with respect. We will listen and act on observations that the families make, respect cultural differences, and involve the family in day to day decision making and care. Family centered care means the professionals and families recognize and respect the knowledge that each bring to the care of the baby and work together to provide the best care possible.
The doctors, nurses, and other professionals view the family as a partner and decisions are made with a team concept. Teamwork requires:
- Open Communication
- Shared Vision and Goals
The NICU at The Nebraska Medical Center has a Family Centered Care Committee to educate and promote the concept of Family Centered Care. We encourage former NICU parents to participate on the committee and to offer suggestions to make the NICU as family friendly as possible. We also have NICU parent meetings where former NICU parents come to the family lounge and meet and support parents who presently have babies in our unit.