Today I’d like to introduce our guest blogger, Melis Ann, who has written a thought-provoking and highly informative article about Neonatal Intensive Care Units and the importance of selecting the right hospital. Melis Ann is a mom and a social scientist who loves to do research to find out the how and why. Her website is

Welcome, Melissa.

During pregnancy, there are many decisions to make. The most important decision is where to have your baby. Hospitals have different levels of qualifications to deal with life-threatening circumstances that newborn babies may face. Many infants are born premature and need help to survive in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Many other babies, including full-term babies, are unexpectedly affected by breathing difficulties, heart defects and other birth defects and need emergency care. Understanding what to look for in a hospital, the neonatal nurses, and the NICU will give expectant parents the ability to make an informed decision. See the article at the following link.