Nobody wants their babies to be preemies or to end up in the NICU, and I certainly don't want to insult scared parents whose children are really struggling by writing a post that might seem glib. However, if the NICU is a reality that you have to face, at the end of the experience, there are a few things that aren't so terrible.
You get to meet your babies and learn about them so much earlier than most people do. Most people are so bleary eyed throughout the newborn stage that they don't get to remember much of it. Our kids will be little babies much longer extending the time you get to spend with your baby as a baby.
Hands on help while you recover from pregnancy and delivery! This one is huge! I was barely able to move and I didn't have to jump in to full time parenting while in pain. I know this seems really selfish, but I was on pain medications and the thought of dropping a baby because I was on a drug that I really did need, how horrible would that be?
They come home on a schedule. That hard work is done for you.
Every day you get to ask medical professionals any question about babies that ever occurs to you. I would be freaking out with confusion and "is this normal???" if I had gone home with a baby 2 days after birth.
They will actually teach you how to do things right. Like how to hold the baby for feedings and burps, etc.
You get to know exactly how much food, sleep, etc that your specific child needs in the weeks following release.
Just a few of the things that have occurred to me. I'll probably add more to the list, but the babies are probably waking up soon while I'm in the process of falling asleep.
Gratuitous baby pic!