10,000 Babies : My Life in the Delivery Room

10,000 Babies : My Life in the Delivery Room

by Silvio Aladjem MD


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"10,000 Babies" is a compilation of true events in the life of an obstetrician and his patients, presented as short stories. Some may bring a smile others a tear. Anyone who has a child, whether a mother or a father, will not remain indifferent. These stories range from those of the very early pregnancy, to the birth of triplets, from the anguish of not knowing if the baby will be born prematurely, to the unusual case where a mother thought that she was pregnant, when in reality she was not. Those that have not yet become parents or are already parents, will find in "10,000 Babies" a world they did not know existed. Sometime in the future, they may even relive any of those stories.
Also included are chapters about the history of how we got where we are in the care of pregnant women, how different cultures influence childbirth, why myths surrounding pregnancy are still with us, and why those that care for pregnant women are a special breed of people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481714600
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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10,000 Babies : My Life in the Delivery Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mommasez More than 1 year ago
Dr. Silvio Aladjem combines myth, medical facts, his insights, and actual incidents to entertain and move the reader in 10,000 Babies: My Life In The Delivery Room. If you have ever read my blog, you'll know that I love to learn while I read. I definitely learned the most interesting and amazing facts about a woman's body during pregnancy and labor which is amazing since I have two children of my own. I thought I was fairly well-informed. Seeing this unforgettable event from the doctor's point of view is very different.  Besides the facts, Dr. Aladjem discusses some of his more uncommon patients and their pregnancy issues. Dr. Aladjem is a maternal fetal medical doctor who deals with the worst case pregnancies--older women, heart patients, young mothers, false pregnancy, etc. He doesn't speak about his patients in a clinical manner, though. The reader can easily pick up the concern and affection he obviously had for all of these women and their families, in many cases admiration also. After reading these various stories of some of the 10,000 babies that Dr. Aladjem has delivered in his forty years of medicine, I felt much compassion and empathy for these women who struggled at all odds to carry their babies full term. Very moving and beautiful book!
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Silvio Aladjem M.D, board certified in Obstetrics, with a sub- specialty of Maternal Fetal Medicine MFM, has written a memoir of his vast and eclectic experiences in the newly published book 10,000 Babies: My life in the delivery room. This book is not only a collection of anecdotes and experiences, but it also provides historical information about childbirth in general. The reader can learn the intriguing history of the hospital birth as well as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) , the use of ultrasound and prenatal genetic testing. The author's career spanned a great number of years during a monumental time of change in the area of obstetrics as well as the use of birth control. Filled with facts, real life stories, and historical information- this is everything you wanted to know from your OB-GYN but would not otherwise have. This is a unique glimpse into the mind and experiences of a doctor. Other stories are heartbreaking such as the unexpected stillbirth of a young diabetic woman, or the couple that chose to carry a pregnancy in which their unborn child was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition incompatible with life. Clearly this author triumphantly shares with the reader the autonomy that birth control allows. For example, a young woman had experienced her 8th miscarriage, and had not sought medical answers. She was in an abusive relationship in which her partner forbade her from spending any money for specialist care. Dr. Aladjem had to become her advocate and help her to fulfill her desire for autonomy from an abusive relationship and for birth control to end the cycle of miscarriage. Another woman had hyperemesis which she wrongly attributed to pregnancy. The Dr. later learned in an interview with the patient it was due to emotional problems resulting from a stressful relationship with the husband and mother in law. The Dr. had to mediate and act as his patient's protector to facilitate her emotional healing. Just as with any professional doctor, the reader will find that in his professional relationships he can not make future promises or predictions to his patients - something that many patients erroneously feel entitled to receive. The author recognizes that unexplained stillbirths still do occur in even an apparently well monitored diabetic pregnancy without warning. Such deaths are "a tragic reminder that research ...still needs to be undertaken" (page 98), and that there are elements in childbirth, such as the uniquely complex organ, the placenta, that still remain a mystery. The author's passion about his medical field is clear in the pride he has when he discusses medical achievements. His triumphant tone of writing when he talks about a positive outcome with a patient or a new medical advancement is obvious. Even though he doesn't include the dates of his practice, based on the stories and the social norms, one can surmise that he practiced during the cusp of great medical advancement in the areas of Obstetrics, specifically the NICU, MFM and birth control somewhere between the 50s- 80s. To the author's credit, he does not explicitly address controversial issues such as choice and birth control. His writing indicate he is an advocate of birth control. Yet, with humanity he recognizes the miracle of the birth of a terminally ill baby that the parents chose to carry to term. The experience is described with endearment as he shares with the reader his amazement that they "both deeply loved their child" (page 202) and he did not want to deny their request to monitor the heart rate of their baby during labor- which at the time was not standard practice. The ominous statement on the back cover, "Sometime in the future, they [those who have not become parents or already parents] may even relive any of these stories" is not comforting, yet statistically true nonetheless. This harbinger of reality brings to light the possibility that the reader too may find herself faced with a high risk birth that ends in a loss. Some of these stories might be too distressing for an emotional pregnant woman to read. On the other hand, in this modern era of health education in modern public schools, where every teen is fully educated in birth control, I doubt any reader in this day and age will experience a pseudo- pregnancy or that any male, will find himself ingesting a birth control pill in the belief that it will prevent a pregnancy in his female partner. Silvio Aladjem MD also provides insight into his own career and his motivations for choosing this specific area in medicine for his practice. This would be the perfect book for any layperson interested in obstetrics or the medical field in general. As a blogger I received this book published by author House for the purpose of writing this review.