A monitor observes one of the premature babies born in Alfredo da Costa Maternity Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. This is the first house where some babies get to spend three months before they can leave. In MAC, Lisbon, born every year 6000 children, about 6% of total births in the country.
Newborns less than 1500 grams are 150 per year, according to neonatologist Israel Macedo. Despite all of this, the fate of the maternity-hospital is suspended; the portuguese economic crisis is pushing the Government to close the oldest working unit in Portugal.