Last night was my first actual shift in the NICU. The night was looking to be pretty uneventful...our patients were 34 wk feeder/grower twins. Following our 2 am feedings it appeared we would have a few hours of downtime. My preceptor suggested I attend a STAT c-section of a mom of a 34 weeker who hadnt felt her baby move in several hours. The fetal heart tones showed almost no variability with a rate of 100. We waited in the recovery room next to the OR for baby to be delivered with the nervous father. When baby came in he didnt't make a sound. Upon immediate assessment he had no pulse or lung movement. Then began 30 min of intubating, pushing epi, chest compressions, IV access attempts. That little boy never responded to a thing as dad watched from the back of the room with tears flowing from his eyes. Finally mom came in and gave the order to stop all measures, god forbid his heart would have started beating after 30 min on the table... He was baptized while every medical professional in the room recited the lord's prayer and then we all stepped back and let him go. How's that for my first shift in the NICU?