Written by a journalist who followed the action on a busy university hospital maternity ward for three weeks, this book chronicles the true stories of doctors, nurses, students, and patients. Each month about 250 babies are born to low-income women, many of whom have had no prenatal care. Some are drug addicted or abused, while others are middle-class women who have had in vitro fertilization at the clinic. In an episodic but engrossing format, Stanley paints a vivid picture of the ward's various traumas and triumphs, and she details, almost too vividly, the medical procedures. She also brings in the human drama of personnel and patients. Recommended for collections where medical stories are popular.-- Barbara Kormelink, Bay Medical Ctr. Lib., Bay City, Mich.