If you know anything about NICUs you know they are not always the classiest of place. Yes, the nurses are wonderful, presentable, empathetic, angels. With that said not all of the parents are up to par. For us parents who care, it is sad and utterly upsetting to say the least, to witness parents who simply don’t care about their child. Many NICU parents have been struck by bad luck, becoming afflicted with some unpreventable illness or symptom prompting the early delivery of their child. Some parents choose to do drugs or smoke or participate in unsavory actions which led to their child being born early. Some parents show up once a week to visit their baby and when they come they smell of cigarets and drugs. This is probably my only post of which I will impose judgment. Today our baby got switched to a room with another baby. Our baby, as well as 99% of the babies here, have private rooms here. The baby our child is roomed with was just born, and is sick. I feel for this baby, and I wish nothing but the best for it. With that said I refuse to have people whom I don’t know walk into our babies room when we are not here. Hospitals have policies, many visitors don’t follow those policies as they are not strictly enforced. Sanitizing hands before entering a room, 4 guests at a time, I have seen these policies broken many times by visitors. I don’t know these people my baby is sharing a room with. Some NICUs have no rooms but there is a nurse by each bed and all cribs are visible at all times. We are in a NICU where rooms are private and nurses are delegated to multiple babies so rooms are left unattended at times. So now we have to worry about people coughing, observing, making nosies, and bothering out child when we are not in her room. I won’t have it. Know your rights as a parent. You wouldn’t put your child at risk in the real world so why would you subject them to germs, molestation, or any other form of risk in the NICU. You may think I sound extreme but you’d be surprised what I read in the news, and you would be surprised how weak preemies immune systems are. I gave the management an option, move our baby back to a secure room or we will get transferred tonight. The nurse agreed if it were her child(in our child’s place) she would not allow such ignorance. You are in charge of your child’s quality of care. If you are not happy with the service you are welcome to explore other hospitals. Don’t jeopardize your child’s safety. Update- Our baby was moved. We were kind but bold with our thoughts and issues with room sharing and the charge nurse generously responded to our requests.