When you see the 450 gram babies, remember 4 sticks of butter (more or less)- a term baby is about 30 sticks - for comparison
..... that's all they weigh
It's pretty amazing. When I went to school, I wanted to work NICU- but not happening for a new grad (at least then- 1985). They were saving 18 oz babies back then - I had a pediatric cardiologist neighbor who would take me on weekend rounds....amazing
But after years of other stuff (adults & adolescents mostly, with some pedi patients on the floors I worked), I got a peds job...and had to float to NICU. I ended up not liking it= I really liked seeing the babies, and how amazing they were (and where the frequent flier pedi patients came from), but it wasn't my thing. I didn't mind the feed-n-grows when I had to float- they were relatively stable, even if still getting tubed. But feeding and changing diapers for hours at a time in the same 20 square feet drove me nuts... But compared to a micro, the 4-5 pounders looked like sumo wrestlers !!!
Have fun watching - it really is amazing