In this remarkable documentary, an experienced nurse gives viewers a special perspective on what infants, parents and staff go through in the newborn intensive care unit, or NICU. Within this unique world, critically ill and premature infants receive a level of high-tech care never before possible. Medical professionals work miracles on these fragile, new lives. But often lost amidst the cascade of technology are the tiny patients themselves, and their overwhelmed, bewildered parents, who find themselves thrust into an alien world. Their expectations of a joyful first encounter with their child have been shattered, and they have no idea of what to expect for the future. It is an experience which affects more and more families in the United States.
A CHANCE TO GROW follows three families as they navigate their unpredictable course through the NICU. Their gripping personal stories demonstrate the capacity of ordinary individuals to adapt to crises with extraordinary grace and courage. The program explores the complex ethical issues surrounding modern neonatal care, including multiple births and the borders of survival outside the womb. At the same time, it reveals the dedication, compassion and teamwork of the nurses, physicians and other professionals who care for these tiny patients. It will both educate and inspire viewers, and will be an invaluable tool for introducing students and clinicians to the human realities of modern neonatal care.