Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 55, Issue 12, pp 1035–1036 | Cite as

Mother-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (M-NICU): A Novel Concept in Newborn Care

  • Harish ChellaniEmail author
  • Pratima Mittal
  • Sugandha Arya


Health facilities in India are faced with the challenge of providing quality newborn care in the face of major skilled human resource shortage. A possible solution is the concept of Mother-Neonatal ICU (M-NICU), where the mother has her bed inside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by the side of baby’s warmer. Our observations in M-NICU of a public sector hospital in New Delhi, India, indicate that mothers can be easily trained to follow asepsis routines and monitor the neonates, and are better prepared for their post-discharge care. Incorporating space for both mothers and their newborns in level-II NICUs may provide quality and developmentally supportive newborn care in coming years.


Baby friendly health initiative Essential newborn care Family-centered care 


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© Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harish Chellani
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Pratima Mittal
    • 2
  • Sugandha Arya
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of PediatricsNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Departments of ObstetricsVMMC and Safdarjung HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Neonatal Division, Department of PediatricsVardhman Mahavir Medical College Safdarjang HospitalNew DelhiIndia

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