Co-bedding of twins in the neonatal intensive care unit

Pediatr Nurs. Nov-Dec 1998;24(6):529-31.


The increased incidence of multiple gestations has raised many questions regarding the differences in the care of twins versus singletons. The concept of co-bedding twins in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has drawn increased attention in recent years. A NICU in a children's hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States explored the benefits and risks to this practice, and developed a guideline for double bunking twins. The guideline provides health care professionals with a safe and efficient means to arrange a physical environment that will simulate the environment many parents will use at home. Research is needed to determine the potential physical, psychologic, or psychosocial benefits of co-bedding multiple-gestation infants.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Incubators, Infant*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / methods*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / psychology
  • Neonatal Nursing / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Twins* / psychology