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What to expect when your baby weighs less than 1500 grams.

Premature baby in the NICU with green eyes and a feeding tube in nose. Most parents don’t ever plan on meeting their baby weeks or even months before their due date, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 8 babies is born prematurely.1 The medical care needed for a premature baby is usually more intensive so they will be taken into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) shortly after birth.


When you first see your baby in the NICU, you will most likely see an intravenous catheter (IV) inserted into a peripheral vein or even into their umbilical cord. These will be used to provide medications and fluids your baby may need. Your baby’s heart rate, temperature, oxygen level, and blood pressure will be monitored closely, and your baby’s caregivers will use this information to decide what additional treatment your baby will need.


1. Center for Disease Control