The value of a family-centered approach in the NICU and PICU: one family's perspective

Pediatr Nurs. Jan-Feb 1997;23(1):64-6.


A family-centered approach in the NICU and PICU can make a tremendous difference to parents, providing the basis for systematic support. One family's story of a high-risk twin pregnancy, long hospitalizations, and ultimately the deaths of both daughters illustrates the kind of support system that families need. Positive examples from their experiences show the value of a family-centered approach, while negative examples show how difficult the intensive care environment can be for parents when family-centered care is missing. Parents and staff working together in partnership can improve the intensive care experience for all involved.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Family / psychology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
  • Male
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk / psychology
  • Social Support
  • Twins