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For the Love of Babies: One Doctor's Stories About Life in the Neonatal ICU

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For the Love of Babies: One Doctor's Stories About Life in the Neonatal ICU invites readers into the NICU - one area in the hospital that is unfamiliar and frightening to most people - and demystifies the place where extraordinary things transpire. This book is for anyone who has ever wondered how doctors and nurses work under intense pressure to diagnose and treat the sma ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Worldmaker Media (first published May 20th 2011)
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Sue Hall
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical
Well, of course I'm biased! But the site gave me the opportunity to rate my own book. So here's why I think you should read it, whether you've ever known anyone who had a NICU baby or not:

Not only will you find the stories both riveting and compelling, you will find your emotions going up and down as you read about families going through the NICU. You cannot help but be moved when a 24-week premie of immigrant parents, who was so close to death that "discontinue life support" was recommended to
Marilyn McEntyre
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
These stories of a doctor's life in the NICU, working with premature and struggling infants and their parents, was interesting enough to get me to neglect other matters for a couple of days while I read it. I learned a lot. I was deeply impressed with the writer's dedication to her work. The one thing I wished for that the book didn't provide, though, was reflection on the ethical dilemmas that arise in decisions about how many heroic measures to take to save the lives of extremely premature bab ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting account of a doctor's experiences over the years in the NICU. The situations are real, although some are partially fictionalized to protect the identities of the people involved. I found it very interesting to read about the medical situations of the babies and their families, and I especially liked the "Notes" section at the end of each chapter which gives a little more information about particular medical diagnosis. Scary to think about all of the things that can go ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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If you have a kids, grandkids, or just love babies then you should read this book. I have no medical background, but it was easy to understand and Sue explained any big technical terms at the end of each story so you'd have a better idea of each situation. Plus each story was so great, amazing and just wonderfull. I love each chapter and one of the stories even came close to my husband and I's experience with our son. Read this book.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was so moving, and it was the perfect combination of information and real life stories. Dr. Hall's compassion shines out of every page, and makes reading these sometimes heartrending cases a little easier to take. I liked reading about her "take" on a number of issues pertaining to health care as well as her accounts of babies and parents in the midst of crisis situations.
Highly recommended.
Barbra Luce-turner
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Of course , raising funds for UIC's NICU and having a nephew in the NiCU three decades ago made this a "must read.". It is as riveting as a novel and very informative. Such stories of courage amidst uncertainty and pain! Some triumphs and some tragedies.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Heartwarming stories about some important very little people.
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Engaging and lovely. I keep sneaking off upstairs to read it. It’s odd, because on the surface, For Love of Babies is less polished than Fragile Beginnings, though it turns out to be much more readable and enjoyable. The copy editor made odd choices about when to use contractions and when not to, so the dialogue often sounds stiff and stilted. But her love of the babies and families she works with, and her explanations of the medical side of what she does, are lovely.

The book is a collection of
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dr. Hall came and spoke at my library and read excerpts from this book. When she was speaking, she mentioned that she was a memoir reader herself, and it shows in her writing. Her tone is both personal and reflective. She shares the stories of the babies she has encountered in her work as a neonatal intensive care doctor, which is interesting in a voyeuristic television-show kind of way, but when she shares her thoughts as a doctor and adds in her training as a social worker, her stories REALLY ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
The reader should be prepared to read about families' trials and sadness and joy in the NICU. This novel has its ups and downs, very realistic. The reader will be riveted to the novel, if he/she is medically inclined, especially in scenes where the baby may or may not make it. There is a "Notes" section to further broaden the readers' educations and show more depth to the diagnoses in the novel. The reader will not have to worry about a diagnosis or hurriedly look it up on Google. Any reader wit ...more
Susan Wood
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read books about health care and medicine. Atul Gawande, "Complications" and "The Checklist Manifesto", TR Reid, "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, and more. This book is about neonatal care, and a compelling one it is. The case for more attention to teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction and prematurity is clear. The author gives appropriate and readable sociological and medical background for each case. The cases show the breadth of issues ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A really interesting account from a neonatologist. There are 15 or so different experiences she had working with specific babies and their conditions- very interesting to find out what they tried to help the babies, and also good insight to how much a good doctor cares for her patients.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this glimpse into the mind of a Neonatologist. We're more alike than I ever thought. Dr. Hall tells the stories of her patients over the years in interesting detail and shares her feelings with tact and compassion.
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book that gives you an insight to what doctors in the NICU go through.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It made me want to work in the NICU. Well written and very detailed. A must have for anyone interested in this field.
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