An Everyday Miracle: Delivering Babies, Caring for Women, A Lifetime's Work

An Everyday Miracle: Delivering Babies, Caring for Women, A Lifetime's Work

by Jim Dornan

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Overview

In An Everyday Miracle, doctor Jim Dornan gives a unique insight into the world of pregnancy, giving birth and women’s health.

Drawing on his forty-year career as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, he talks openly and controversially about working in a busy maternity unit, and about the immense joy, and sometimes heartbreak and loss, that women experience during pregnancy and birth. In an accessible way, the book covers subjects such as premature babies, miscarriage, the pros and cons of having a c section and PMS, as well as looking, sometimes humorously, at how things have changed for doctors and their female patients over the last fifty years.

Taking up where Call the Midwife left off, An Everyday Miracle tells the extraordinary stories of mothers, babies and their care over the last half-century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780856409097
Publisher: Blackstaff Press, The
Publication date: 01/13/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Professor Jim Dornan, author of An Everyday Miracle: Delivering Babies, Caring for Women, is one of the UK’s most respected gynaecologists and obstetricians. He has over forty years experience in his field and was Director of Fetal Medicine at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast for twenty years. He holds chairs at both Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, is a past Senior Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and continues to be active in the field of international women’s health.

Jim lives and continues to practice medicine in his hometown of Belfast, and is president of TinyLife, the premature babies charity for Northern Ireland, which he helped to found in 1988. He is the father of actor Jamie Dornan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

1 A life-changing twenty-four hours 1

2 The art of obstetrics 10

3 Fame on the Falls Road 16

4 Is it a boy or a girl? 21

5 The history that was too perfect 26

6 The touch of the Master's hand 32

7 Butterflies 37

8 A lofty suggestion 47

9 Hold your tongue till you're sure 53

10 Ah yes! 58

11 A life saved 67

12 Selfish or sensible? 73

13 It's my hormones, doctor 79

14 A tiny miracle 88

15 Consequences 96

16 Wiped out 103

17 The women of the Shankill 109

18 Just a nice wee job 116

19 Mum says you saved my life 123

20 The flying squad 130

21 A wee form 136

22 Millennium Development Goals 140

23 One in two hundred 144

24 Whose baby is it anyway? 150

25 Paddy and Marie 158

26 The only thing on my mind 165

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