Starting a family is one of the most special, exciting, and daunting times in all of our lives. If you are lucky enough to be given the precious gift of parenthood, then you are at the start of a journey that will fill your future with precious memories for the rest of your life.
Both the concept and the reality of having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is both scary and unsettling. Such tiny babies. So much complex equipment. So many monitoring devises. So many unknowns.
How long will be baby be there?
What are all these contraptions?
What do they do?
In an attempt to settle some of your fears and answer some of your many questions we will review some of the common equipment and testing your baby may need.
In these early first months, newborns sleep in many short cycles and never sleep through the night. Newborns spend their days and nights moving through six states of consciousness and each cycle runs about 60-90 minutes long.