For the Love of Babies [NOOK Book]

Overview

What takes place in the neonatal intensive care unit is the high drama of real life. The author pulls back the curtain to show the inner workings of this area in the hospital that is unfamiliar and frightening to most people. Hall, a longtime neonatologist and former social worker, writes with caring and compassion about the challenges each fragile baby must surmount in order to survive and thrive, all the while conveying a sense of life-and-death urgency that permeates neonatal intensive care. She expertly ...
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For the Love of Babies

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Overview

What takes place in the neonatal intensive care unit is the high drama of real life. The author pulls back the curtain to show the inner workings of this area in the hospital that is unfamiliar and frightening to most people. Hall, a longtime neonatologist and former social worker, writes with caring and compassion about the challenges each fragile baby must surmount in order to survive and thrive, all the while conveying a sense of life-and-death urgency that permeates neonatal intensive care. She expertly weaves the social and emotional threads of each family's journey into their baby's story, and also speaks candidly about the stresses and difficult decisions that neonatologists and their tiny patients' parents routinely face.

Each story contains references from the medical literature (more than 140 total) to provide context and depth to the medical, social and ethical topics covered. Taken all together, the sixteen stories give an insightful, vivid and moving portrayal of life in the high-stakes world of the neonatal intensive care unit.

This book is for anyone who has wondered how doctors and nurses work under intense pressure to diagnose and treat the smallest of patients, and how parents of these infants cope with the emotional ups and downs that are part the daily rhythms of life in the NICU.
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Editorial Reviews

Deb Discenza
From beginning to end, Dr. Hall speaks the language of the NICU with refreshing honesty, providing insight into the world of neonatologists and describing dilemmas they face.
Dr. Jennifer Howse
Dr. Hall expertly shares the courage, love and determination found in NICUs. Each story is a testimony to the power of medical science and the fighting spirit of even the tiniest baby.
Robert T. Hall, MD
The short stories in this book are the essence of human compassion. Dr. Hall's personal journey, experiences, and feelings are expressed beautifully.
Sandy Puc
For the Love of Babies is a life-changing book and a heartfelt collection of stories every parent should read. I was touched by the love, agony and hope each parent felt for her baby.
Vicki Forman
For the Love of Babies is a remarkable, moving and incredible piece of writing, not to mention a true addition to the literature we really need on the subject of NICUs, babies, doctors and parents.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012956316
  • Publisher: Worldmaker Media
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 512,963
  • File size: 714 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Sue Hall earned a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University, a Master's in Social Work from Boston University, and an M.D. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was a practicing social worker prior to embarking on her twenty-five-year career as a neonatologist. Formerly an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Hall is now in a private practice of neonatology.

Dr. Hall, who lives in the Midwest, has two daughters, now both adults. She is an enthusiastic sailor in her free time. She also enjoys reading and speaking to groups about health care issues of our most vulnerable children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Sad and Heartwarming

    Not for the faint of heart, but a facinating read looking into the NICU through a doctors eyes. This was a very inspiring read

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