The Life in the NICU films are based on a personal experience, a niche project that is suppose to fill the information gaps of the parents of premature babies and foster them with the sense of not being alone.

My name is Boróka Pénzes. Our daughter, Dorka is a premature little girl born on the 26th gestational week with the weight of 970 gramm. She was born with emergency C-section in 2015 on Mother’s day in Ferenc Csolnoky Hospital, Veszprém and soon after we were taken to Semmelweis University Department and Pediatrics and Pediatric Health Center Nr. I. NICU, Budapest where we spent 3 months.

The first 3 weeks of her life was critical, she went trough an intestinal- and a Botallo duct surgery, she also had a fungal sepsis and she hardly, but survived, all these and fought for her life with incredible force. Additional surgeries (intestinal and eye surgery) were waiting for her but she took all the newer obstacles very neat. The 3 months we spent in NICU was the hardest time of our lives. The days went by slower or faster with developments and halts, fears and hope, anxiety and worry that we felt not for our tiny little girl but also for her, at the time 20 months old, brother whom we “left home”. Our very existence in the hospital was eased by the positive attitude and helpfulness of doctors and nurses.

The first time in NICU was so strange: we did not know where to sit or stand, where we were disturbing and where we didn’t, what we could do instantly and what we should have asked, what was important and what was dangerous for what reason. Of course one learns everything in no time and moves soon in the hospital like at home. But one thing is for sure: there was lots of new information and lots of unfamiliar things. We did not prepare for preterm birth and I do think that most of the parents who are expecting their baby won’t be either prepared for the early arrival of their baby. Most probably this is good this way, on the other hand, when the information is most needed, then it is hard to collect, synthetize and filter what is important for us and what is not or what are the things we don’t even want to hear at that time. I remember that during our hospitalization with all the tasks to be done, I could only spend about 5-10 minutes in a day to gather information and I was very much in need to receive sufficient answers to all my questions during those 5-10 minutes.


After Dorka was discharged to our home, we came up with the idea that all those things we’ve gathered mainly from doctors and nurses, or even from other parents, we’d summarise and present through a short film series. This is how Life in the NICU films were born. From the depth of our hearts we hope, that they will be useful for you and contribute to the development of your baby.


Boróka Pénzes

Go Dorka!

On a cloudy Sunday in May, exactly on Mother’s day, happened that our daughter was born with emergency C-section in the 26th week of my pregnancy. Dorka came to the world completely unexpected in Ferenc Csolnoky Hospital in Veszprém, from where after 1,5 weeks we were transferred to Semmelweis University Department and Pediatrics and Pediatric Health Center Nr. I. NICU, Budapest.