Chances are, you know someone who has benefited from the NICU - that's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.
I have two friends in Dallas who gave birth to baby boys that needed a little extra help getting started in life. One spent a month in the NICU, and one spent nine days there. Both are doing just fine now! One is 7 now and the other just turned 2. They started out their lives hooked up to tubes and on respirators, and they're just as happy and healthy as every other kid now.