Babies in NICU do better in single rooms

An interesting study referenced in the New York Times indicates that babies in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit do better if an infant is in a single room, rather than having all infants in an open ward.  The babies in single family rooms were happier, less stressed, and gained more weight than babies maintained on the more typical open ward.  It makes sense that a single room would reduce the noise and commotion that the infant is exposed to, and would likely encourage more natural interactions between the babies and their  parents.  It will be interesting to see if this study leads to design changes in the NICU.