By Jennifer McRae

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4)– It’s welcome news for families of newborns in the north Denver metro area. A new neonatal intensive care unit opened at Good Samaritan in Lafayette.

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The opening was marked by 4-yeara-old Alexander, who cut the ribbon to the unit. He was also a NICU baby. The nurses and other health providers moved those babies who need extra care into the NICU.

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The new unit expands the number of beds and private rooms so parents can stay with their new babies 24 hours a day.

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“It’s so important for the development of the baby and also just to ease the anxiety for parents and make them feel like they’re part of their baby’s life in a different way,” said Baby Place Director Tonya Chapin.

Jennifer McRae