Early : an intimate history of premature birth and what it teaches us about being human / Sarah DiGregorio.
- Other Title:
- Intimate history of premature birth and what it teaches us about being human
- First edition.
- New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,  , ©2020
x, 347 pages ; 24 cm
- DiGregorio, Sarah.
Premature infants -- Hospital care.
- Medical subjects:
- Infant, Premature.
- Case studies.
- Inspired by Sarah DiGregorio's harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, Early is a compelling and empathetic blend of memoir and rigorous reporting that tells the story of neonatology - and explores the questions raised by premature birth.
- Prologue: one birth
The unexpected: millions of births. What happened? ; Treatments and outcomes ; Viability and the zone of parental discretion
The body: incubation. The history of incubation: Coney Island, chicken eggs, and changelings ; The modern incubator, or how to build a giraffe ; The incubators of the future: babies in bags
The breath: treating repiratory distress. Dr. Mildred Stahlman and the miniature iron lung ; Dr. Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos and the rugged machine ; JFK's lost baby and the advent of surfactant
The Self: protecting the premature brain. The revolutionary practice of listening to preemies ; Follow-up care: preemie development beyond the NICU
The threshold: end-of-life issues at birth. What should we do for 22-week babies? ; Knowing when to stop ; Choice, decisions, and the messiness of real life
The crisis: the body under stress. Racism causes preterm birth ; What prematurity means in Mississippi ; Group prenatal care and the power of community
The invisibles: breaking the silence. The hidden trauma of prematurity ; Grown preemies speak for themselves
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -336) and index.
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