Family-centered care in the NICU

J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. Jan-Mar 2006;20(1):98-102. doi: 10.1097/00005237-200601000-00029.


Family-centered care is a philosophy of care that embraces a partnership between staff and families. Families, patients, and staff benefit in a family-centered care environment and the design of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) must not interfere with its successful implementation. Unrestricted parental presence in the NICU, parental involvement in infant caregiving, and open communication with parents are basic tenets of family-centered care. By virtue of their continual presence and role in the NICU, nurses are in a unique position to support family-centered care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Family / psychology*
  • Family Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Health Facility Environment / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / organization & administration*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / psychology
  • Interior Design and Furnishings
  • Neonatal Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Social Support
  • Visitors to Patients / psychology