UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- The babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at the College Station Med. Center are getting a new home.
Doctors and staff have been working to move the babies into newly constructed private rooms.
For the past six years, any baby in the NICU have been kept in a ward-type room, which didn't leave parents or families much privacy with their newborn.
The new state of the art rooms will allow families to see their baby whenever they want and Dr. Steiner, director of the NICU, said the rooms will hopefully help create a calmer situation for the babies and parents.
"To be away from home, even if the home is a few blocks away, parents who are invested in their babies as much as any of us are want to be with your baby all the time and it's a burden when you have other children at home you have work responsibilities, school responsibilities, whatever else is going on. You want to be as comfortable as you can and that's what having a private room is going to do for you," said Steiner.
The NICU has added 13 private rooms. If all 13 rooms happen to be full, Dr. Steiner says the staff and doctors will still be able to use the old NICU nursery to care for more babies.
These private rooms are the first individualized rooms in the Brazos Valley.