Social services checked out the situation. It's one of those deals where the family isn't bad enough to justify removing the children from the parent but is bad enough to make us, the doctors and nurses who cared for her, pretty worried.
In the next room in our NICU lies a baby who is very sick from an infection. I'm not sure if he will be alive tomorrow morning when I go to work. His parents are very nice and have visited him together every day since he was born six weeks ago. They seem like they would make great parents, and they'll be devastated if their baby dies.
It makes me wish that sometimes I could just switch the parents around. I mean, wouldn't it be better if the 16 year old mom, who is barely bright enough to manage routine child care, had the baby who died, and the other parents, so excited about their baby, had the twins who should do pretty well in a decent home? Don't take this to mean that I think dumb parents wouldn't feel the loss very hard if their baby died. I know they would; you don't have to be smart to love your kids. But it's just not fair. The sixteen year old, who needs a baby like she needs a hole in the head, has two, and we hope like crazy that they are resilient enough to take some subpar parenting, while the other parents might have none.
I guess we can't fix everything, and I should probably focus on keeping the six week old alive instead of fantasizing about switching parents.