Since every NICU and baby is different here is a general idea of how the first day will go. Shortly after you give birth (depending on gestation) your child will quickly be whisked off to the NICU with your significant other (or whoever your birthing partner is) in tow. You will be sent off to your room to recover. (I had a fever after birth so I couldn’t see him until 24 hours later.)
When you do see him, depending on gestation he might be hooked to a ventilator. There will be a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of cords. When I saw Bobby for the first time, there was way more cords than baby. The doctors will ask you questions. Try your hardest to remain calm, although easier said than done. You will be told that the first 24 to 48 hours is the toughest.
You can expect to find a lot of people in your child/children’s room throughout the day. They are just trying to get your child stable. DO NOT be afraid to ask questions. They know and understand that you are scared. Besides the occasional bad apple, most of the staff there are great people. You may even walk away with a friend afterwards.
Some of the emotions you might be feeling on this day are a lot of what you would expect. You will probably be confused that you could feel so many conflicting emotions at one time. Mine were all over the place, I think I felt every emotion that a person could in a matter of mere minutes. Embrace your feelings, accept them, but know that it was not your fault. (Trust me, guilt still runs supreme within me.)
So while this is not a definitive what will happen on your first day, this is about what you would expect. They will probably not run any tests yet, until they have made sure that your child is stable. Oh, if your baby is jaundiced, you might also find UV lights in their room. That about sums up your baby’s first day.
What was your first day like?