A visually gripping graphic memoir, this book delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem and the first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind. Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. At times the parents battle feelings of helplessness but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.
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About the Author
Jenny Jaeckel has worked as a translator, Spanish teacher, graphics teacher, and an editor. She is the author and illustrator of For the Love of Meat, Odd Pieces, and Siberiak. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loving and also gut wrenching story of a baby's time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While the book is a relatively quick read, it can be an emotionally tough read. Jenny Jaeckel lays bare the fears, challenges and nightmares of having a baby in the NICU. Ms Jaeckel also is brutally honest with her struggles with mental/emotionally stability during what certainly has to be the absolutely most difficult time in her and families life. Jenny Jaeckel showed the courage to share her story. As a graphic novel, Spot 12 is wonderfully illustrated. The drawings bring light to a story that is frightening dark (for a parent). Jenny Jaeckel deserves a heart felt "Well done" for her Spot 12: The Story of a Birth. I received this book as part of the GoodRead program.
Thanks to Jenny Jaeckel having the courage to tell a very personal part of her family's life I have a new favorite graphic novel, SPOT 12. It’s an exceptional chronicle of what it is like to deal with having a baby in the NICU. Therefore, as a reader, you get a special glance into a minute habitat that most of us never see. You will be standing vigil with Jenny and Cito over their baby Asa in constant diligence regarding her well-being and medical care. The physical and mental exhaustion that the parents endure is overwhelming while in the NICU yet family, friends along with other families that have babies in the NICU are supportive and helpful. Do not let the sadness of this frighten you away because there are many heartfelt and uplifting parts too. Images of anthropomorphized animal characters are depicted as individuals which I think is a genius concept including their names such as nurse Gentlediaper, nurse Chuckles, and my favorite is Dr. Eyes who is a frog. In addition to this, the illustrations did great at showing what is physically wrong with Asa and also the procedures that she had to undergo. The drawings are some of the best that I have encountered in a Graphic Novel at showing emotions, including the havoc that has overtaken their lives. There are not a lot of dialogue bubbles the story is written above each picture in a white box told through the eyes of the mother Jenny Jaeckel. Though the story is based on a sick newborn, it shows that being a fighter can be a natural instinct causing a positive outcome. I would definitely recommend going to the author's website to see how Asa is doing today. Finally, I would like to thank Jenny for giving Respiratory Therapists the credit they deserve in the medical field. Myself being a Respiratory Therapist we are easily overlooked. May the Jaeckel family have a wonderfully blessed life. Shoot for the moon Asa! I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.