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The First Breath : How Modern Medicine Saves the Most Fragile Lives - Olivia Gordon

The First Breath

How Modern Medicine Saves the Most Fragile Lives

Paperback Published: 11th June 2019
ISBN: 9781509871186
Number Of Pages: 368

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What happens when pregnancy and the first few weeks of a baby’s life don’t go as planned? How have advances in modern medicine and perinatal genetics redefined our perceptions of what is possible?

The First Breath by Olivia Gordon is a powerful medical memoir about the extraordinary fetal and neonatal medicine bringing today's babies into the world. Unveiling the intense patient-doctor relationship at work with every birth, this book reflects on the cutting-edge medicine that has saved a generation of babies, the combination of love and fear a parent feels for a child they haven’t yet met and what can happen before a baby’s first breath.

Olivia Gordon was twenty-nine weeks pregnant when a scan found that her baby was critically ill. Thanks to a risky operation in utero and five months in neonatal care, her son survived. The First Breath is the first popular science book to tell the story of the fast developing fields of fetal and neonatal medicine. It explores motherhood and the female experience of medicine through Olivia’s personal story and sensitive, intimate case histories of other mothers' high risk births.

The First Breath asks what it means to become the mother of a child who would not have survived birth only a generation ago, showing how doctors and nurses save the most vulnerable lives and how medicine has developed to make it possible for these lives to even begin.

About the Author

Educated at Cambridge University, Olivia Gordon is a journalist who has written for publications including the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Red and Broadly.

ISBN: 9781509871186
ISBN-10: 1509871187
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 11th June 2019
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49

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