10 Things to Expect in the NICU

Other Babies

At first, all you can do is focus on your own baby. But if he or she needs an extended stay in the NICU, you might become curious about the other babies.

There are a lot of reasons why infants might need the extra care. It could be something relatively simple -- maybe the baby went through a difficult delivery and just needs some monitoring. It could also be something serious. Premature babies often spend time in the NICU because they have a hard time breathing on their own. You might also see babies with jaundice or heart problems. Some NICU patients only stay for a few hours, but others might need extra care for months. Every baby in the NICU has his or her own story.