Due to the current lack of space, parents are often required to spend long periods of time in uncomfortable chairs and may not spend as much precious time with their baby or have skin to skin contact with them. Reclining chairs in the new environment will enhance the comfort of parents who spend many hours each day by their baby's side and will promote skin to skin which has been shown to increase baby’s oxygen, maintain their temperature and regulate their heartbeat.
With the additional space, visitor seating will allow visitors to support their family members and prevent isolation.
Bedside lockers will provide a focal point for baby’s possessions and reduce infection. It is important to have a personal locker for a baby's clothes and belongings as it may be one of the few things a parent feels they can have control over.
18 single cots and 4 twin cots will provide a new environment which will promote the highest level of care. Twins are shown to develop better if nursed with their sibling as each helps to regulate the heart and breathing rates of the other.