We take you inside Bergan Mercy's NICU unit to show the latest technology advancements that help babies go home.
Andy and Katie Witt didn't have the easiest journey bringing their beautiful daughter, Lucy, into this world.
Katie says, "I had preterm labor from 18 weeks on...so we were very thankful we made it 34 weeks."
Lucy was born on March 7th, but instead of going home, she was immediately placed in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.
The unit is for any baby born before 36 weeks, or babies born with special needs.
Andy says, "I didn't know what was going on, how long we'd be in here. It was a very overwhelming first few days."
Nurse Nancy Kadavy knows most parents feel the same—overwhelmed—when their babies can't go home.
She has 40 years of experience in neonatal nursing and says treatment, especially ventilation, has come a long way.
Kadavy says, "I think the most important thing I've seen is the way that we approach them developmentally and the support that we offer them."
All babies born in the NICU get a private room. The environment gives their parents a chance to bond with their babies.
The nurses keep a close watch 24 hours a day.
A wall of monitors allows them to watch all the babies at once as they fill out their charts.
Technology and a more intimate environment lead babies, like Lucy, to thrive at home with mom and dad.
At almost three months, she's over ten pounds.
Katie says, "Those few hours that she's awake we're all about interacting and talking to her. It's just so fun, so fun."
Bergan Mercy's NICU can hold up to 36 babies.
Rebroadcast with permission of WOWT.