Maternity services at Broward Health Coral Springs’ new expansion wing in Coral Springs, Fla. are designed to bring parents and families closer to their newborn babies. Babies in neonatal intensive care (NICU) incubators will now recover in private rooms equipped with comfortable chairs for their mothers, breast milk pumps, refrigerators and milk warmers to encourage breastfeeding. Allowing moms to remain in the NICU with their babies also promotes what Dr. Arlene Boykin, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist and NICU medical director, calls skin-to-skin contact. “The more skin-to-skin time and breastfeeding a small or sick baby participates in, the healthier the outcome for the baby,” Boykin said, noting that breastfeeding has been shown to reduce Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. For moms, early breastfeeding also helps increase milk production and decrease risk of post-partum depression, she said. “The more [mothers] are at that bedside and take over that care, the more comfortable and involved they become.”

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