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Baby ER: The Heroic Doctors and Nurses Who Perform Medicine's Tiniest Miracles

Baby ER The Heroic Doctors and Nurses Who Perform Medicine s Tiniest Miracles With Baby ER Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes tells the unforgettable story of wonder and hope that lies at medicine s cutting edge where extraordinary healers and extraordinary patients come toge

  • Title: Baby ER: The Heroic Doctors and Nurses Who Perform Medicine's Tiniest Miracles
  • Author: Edward Humes
  • ISBN: 9780743264433
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • With Baby ER, Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes tells the unforgettable story of wonder and hope that lies at medicine s cutting edge, where extraordinary healers and extraordinary patients come together to make miracles in a place where lives are held, literally, in the palms of doctors hands For the parents of sick and premature babies, some weighing less than aWith Baby ER, Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes tells the unforgettable story of wonder and hope that lies at medicine s cutting edge, where extraordinary healers and extraordinary patients come together to make miracles in a place where lives are held, literally, in the palms of doctors hands For the parents of sick and premature babies, some weighing less than a pound and no bigger than a can of cola, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit the Baby ER is their one bastion of hope during the most terrifying moments of their lives, when their children s very survival hangs in the balance Given unprecedented access to this normally private world, Humes witnesses the midnight deliveries, the harrowing Code Blues, the heart wrenching setbacks be there when a young mother first holds her son as he finally emerges from the incubator, and for the triumphant day of discharge, when families are at last made whole.Set in Southern California s Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, home to one of the largest and most respected neonatal units in the nation, Baby ER also describes the inspiring and dramatic efforts of the uniquely gifted physicians, nurses and other healers who work medicine s tiniest miracles, bringing life to a place where, for all but a minute fraction of human history, death has reigned supreme The neonatal unit has been transformed in recent years by revolutionary advances that have enabled impossibly small preemies not only to survive but to thrive Children born so early they would have been considered miscarriages fifteen years ago are now going home in their car seats thanks to state of the art care parents who would have faced unspeakable lossnow have diapers to change.But there is also a cost to the wonders of technology and skill that preserve such fragile lives Though joy is most often the result of this remarkable brand of medicine called neonatology, a life saved does not always lead to a life worth living The accompanying burdens sometimes grievous ones raise difficult moral, ethical and financial questions In a narrative both lyrical and intense, Humes does not skirt these tough questions, nor do the talented physicians at the center of Baby ER, who must ask themselves not only how far they can go to save a child, but how far they should go In an era when aggressive new fertility treatments have created an epidemic of high risk multiple births, and one in ten babies in the U.S is born premature, Baby ER provides a timely and compelling portrait of medicine s brave new world.

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    About "Edward Humes"

    1. Edward Humes

      Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, is the author of nine books of nonfiction, most recently, Monkey Girl Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul and Over Here How the G.I Bill Transformed the American Dream His next book, Eco Barons The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet, will be out next year.

    586 Comments

    1. Of all the different branches of medicine this one must be both the most heart-breaking and most rewarding. I think it takes a special kind of courage to want to work with tiny babies and their very anxious parents knowing quite often that no matter what you do, the outcome is unlikely to be good, but you try anyway.


    2. A mix of stories is presented as the author spends some time in a NICU, but the neonatologists and nurses are all glowingly portrayed. It would have been nice to get a more balanced view of the NICU staff, but one can't really argue with the premise that they're doing amazing things with babies that only a couple of decades ago wouldn't have been considered viable.


    3. Great book about NICU in southern California. Gives some fascinating history about how premature baby care developed in France near the turn of the 20th century when the government was concerned about the high infant mortality rate and the declining birthrate. An entire generation was decimated by the Franco-Prussian war and a new supply of canon fodder would be needed.In 1896 the first incubator was put on display with live babies at the World Exposition in Berlin. It was a big hit and became a [...]


    4. Babies. Tiny babies. Babies small enough to fit in your hand. Babies born to cocaine-using mothers. Babies born suddenly, too soon for the mother to schedule an abortion. Babies born in multiples, all too small. Intermingled with the stories of all the tiny babies are the stories of the doctors who work on the babies and of neonatalogy itself.


    5. This book perfectly captures the NICU experience. I sobbed several times a I read this because Humes described the highs and lows so succinctly. I highly recommend this book for families that are or will be facing NICU time. I think it would be especially helpful for extended family members trying to understand what preemie parents are going through.


    6. This book really grabs you and takes you into the tiny, fragile lives of about six or eight babies, born too early to be healthy and "normal". After having Enoch in the NICU for four months, I found this book profoundly moving. I am SO grateful to the doctors and nurses who helped Enoch to "make it". This is a great read!


    7. . Excellent I enjoyed this book and the in-depth care that these children require. I am happy that my children were healthy



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