Many publications describe the life conditions of premature babies in the highly technical environment of NICU.
Premature babies have problems maintaining their body temperature, breathing and eating. Therefore, premature babies are placed in incubators and are connected to respirator and feeding tubes and several wires linking them to devices monitoring temperature, brain activity, pulse, oxygen level and heart rhythm. Enter the NICU
Some publications then clarify what they call “the challenge of NICU to maintain the benefits of their advanced technology while favoring the development of the child-mother bonding important for the development of the infant and the maternal accomplishment.
“The challenge to Western medical technology is to find the correct balance between providing the benefits of modern medical interventions while simultaneously supporting the developing parent-infant relationship pertinent to maternal investment and subsequent infant ego development.” (Read more)
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