Friday, September 7, 2012

This is how we live now

From noon yesterday, eight days after the babies were born, we now have them all with us in our own room at the hospital. Oscar does no longer any help breathing nor any special monitoring. (Oxygen levels are monitored as routine on all babies still.)

So this is how we now live.
Anna and I have a bed each. The photo is taken from one of the windows, and there is a second window almost visible to the left (you can see the curtain). On the left is a metal table where we heat and prepare the syringes with baby food, and bind that is a fridge for baby food and possible a thing or two for mom and dad.

On the right hand side (behind the pile of pillows on the bed) is monitors for the monitoring the babies. These are hooked up to a network and the information is also shown at the nurses' station in the corridor. 

Behind that is the babies bed. They share a long crib, but they are the most comfy if crammed up together at one end.

In the small hallway just behind the clothes that is hanging on the wall is the door to our private bathroom.

Nothing fancy, but it works, and it hasn't "too much hospital feel" to it.

We can connect our laptop to a wired network to communicate with the outside world, but the cellphones are to be kept off since no-one can guarantee that they don't interfere with the monitoring equipment and such. 

In our corridor is the nurses' station and we have access to a kitchen with a couple of tables, two rooms for breast pumps (allthough all rooms have their own breast pump as well), a tiny room with a shared telephone and a computer and cabinets where we go and get most things that we need - diapers, bedding, towels, syringes, ...   

At the nurses' station three to four nurses and nurses' assistants work attending something like eight rooms similar to our. Well, most of the time they don't work at the station - the patients and the patients' parents keep them up most of the time.

This part of the neonatal ward is closely integrated with the ICU where we spent our first week. The staff is shared and the kids can more or less get the same care everywhere, but the monitoring and the closeness to the staff is "higher" in the ICU.


  1. Wow! It is so nice that you get to stay with the babies. In the US, the parents are sent home while the babies stay, and they have to go back and forth constantly. It seems you are all very well cared for!

  2. Yes, Dana, we are very fortunate. The may vary from hospital to hospital in Sweden if the parents can stay or not, but I guess most hospitals would like to have the parents stay, if there is room enough.

    "Our" ward got new premises just eight years ago, so I guess it has been like this since then (or longer). Other hospitals have older premises and may not offer the same.