The Alberta Family Integrated Care (FiCare) program was introduced to the Alberta Childrenâ€™s Hospital NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in November 2020 to complement the already family focused efforts of the NICU.
Alberta FICare provides detailed strategies and practical tools to systematically drive culture change and enhance the great care already provided in the NICU.
Alberta FiCare encourages parents to be with their baby whenever they can, day or night. Parents are not visitors; they are consider to be the most important members of their babyâ€™s care team and they are supported by
the NICU healthcare provider team to learn about and participate in their babyâ€™s daily care, as much as possible. Parents that are involved in their babyâ€™s care benefit their babyâ€™s health and development, feel less stressed and anxious, and have increased
confidence to breastfeed and care for their baby in the NICU and at home.
The ACH NICU is focused on three main strategies to implement FiCare into their unit: completion of FiCare staff training modules including an understanding of relational communication strategies; a re-introduction of
a systematic and standardized approach to parent education; and the encouragement of active parent participation in bedside rounds.