In riveting first-person narratives focused on the first 28 days of an infant's life, nurses remember the babies they’ve delivered and cared for. In turns joyous, humorous, and heartbreaking, these stories from neonatal and perinatal nurses, midwives, labor & delivery nurses, pediatric nurses, and others tell what it’s like to care for these small wonders at the starts of their lives.
Edited and introduced by a registered nurse, the book is a resource for both nurses and anyone who is fascinated by their extraordinary stories.
About the Author
For more than twenty-five years, Kathleen Huggins, RN, MS, has dedicated her medical career to helping mothers care more effectively for their newborn babies. Kathleen is a Registered Nurse and has a Masters Degree in Perinatal Nursing from UC San Francisco. She moved to San Luis Obispo in 1980 with her young daughter to work at San Luis Obispo General Hospital. Quickly she became a community resource for breastfeeding mothers. In 1983, she founded the Breastfeeding Warmline, a telephone counseling service and soon after, one of the first breastfeeding clinics in the country.
Kathleen authored The Nursing Mother's Companion in 1986 which quickly became a best-seller. It is now in its fifth edition and has sold over one million copies. She gave birth to her second child and wrote a second book, The Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning.
Kathleen directed the SLO Breastfeeding Clinic for more than twenty years until her diagnosis of breast cancer and her retirement in 2004. In 2002, Kathleen opened Simply MaMa, a maternity and nursing boutique in downtown San Luis. She leads seminars on a variety of topics related to perinatal care and breastfeeding. She lives with her husband and son in San Luis Obispo.
Table of Contents
Part One Neophyte Learning 1
Amy, the Ad, and Adam Carole Kenner 3
A Gut Feeling Dianna M. Hannah 9
The Baby in the Ambulance Bonnie Jarvis-Lowe 21
Part Two When Birth Ends in Sorrow 27
A Sad but True Story I Will Never Forget Robin A. Roots 29
Memoirs from an "Angel of Mercy" Heather Tempest 35
Part Three Supporting Parents 41
When a Baby's Short Life Is at Home Cara Bicking 43
Circle of Life Kelly Maidment 49
Better Late Than Never Dawn M. Kersula 57
Ayub: A Parent's Story of Fear, Love, and Determination Suzanna M. Feliciano 61
Part Four When Nurses Bond 69
Baby Jamie, Who I Promise Not to Forget Carol Blair-Murdoch 71
David's Miracle Lanette L. Anderson 77
Part Five Lessons Learned 83
Stolen Time Margie Marier-Porchia 85
In God's Palm Nancy Leigh Harless 91
A New Life in My Charge Karen Klein 99
My Story Monica Frommer 107
Changing Assignments Nicole M. Jarrell 111
Icarus Again Julianna Paradisi 121
The Cath Lab Baby Vera Knox 131
Part Six Nurses Who Challenge 141
Emily Patricia Harman 143
Voyagers Julianna Paradisi 155
The Inseparable Unit Barbara Latterner 161
Acknowledgment of Permissions 169
Reader's Guide 171
About the Editor 177
About the Contributors 179
Labor of Love-Preview 187
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Im a nursing student and really appreciated this book. Not very long, but its good.