Yesterday marked the end of my Paediatrics team, and my 3-week stint in Neonatology. Working with babies for three weeks taught me to see just how fragile life really is. Most if not all of the children we saw in the special care nursery and the neonatal intensive care unit were born premature, and some (mostly those born before 30 weeks) weighed a lot less than 700g.
I think I remember attending the delivery of 25-week twins who both weighed around 380g each when I was on my Obstetrics term… and it was challenging. Stumbling into the special care nursery at 4am, with darkness outside, the hum of monitoring machines and the bubbling of CPAP, it was a cage of uncertainty.
Now, seeing the special care nursery in the light of day and realising just how much we can do for these infants, it was reassuring to see just how far modern medicine has come.