KERA News shared an interesting story this week summarizing a new book by a father about dealing with his daughter’s extremely premature birth. In the book, the father, who is also an obstetrician and gynecological doctor, shares information on both the medical details of premature birth as well as the many emotions experienced by the involved families. In this way, the book may be enjoyed by many local families who have had a loved one suffer an Illinois birth injury, with the range of mental, physical, emotional, and financial consequences that attach.
The book, titled Fragile Beginning: Discoveries and Triumphs in the Newborn ICU, beings with the author sharing his own story. His wife was just 26 weeks pregnant with the family’s third child when she went into labor. Of course, the family was incredibly worried from the outset, because the labor began a full three months before the mother’s due date. Eventually the girl was born via emergency C-section, and she immediately rushed off to the neonatal unit. The girl weighed just one pound fifteen ounces. Children born early quite often suffer a range of birth injuries, many of which can be life-threatening. In the author’s case, he was fortunate that his daughter survived and did not suffer any permanent life-long cognitive impairments.
She did not go unscathed, however.