"Baby at Risk: The Uncertain Legacies of Medical Miracles for Babies, Families, and Society by Ruth Levy Guyer
( http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Risk-Uncertain-Legacies-Miracles/dp/1933102268/sr=8-1/qid=1170879288/ref=sr_1_1/104-6340677-2245540?ie=UTF8&s=books )
I highly recommend this book.
Ms. Guyer takes the reader on a journey, through time to learn how NICU's got their start, through the lives of NICU patients (preemies and high risk babies) and their parents and through the eyes of doctors and nurses who care for these patients.
She does a wonderful job of explaining laws and how they shape the NICU's of today. I was shocked at what I learned.
I have to admit that I also learned a lot more about neonatologists, intensivists and NICU nurses and how tough their job truly is.
This book is very honest and thought provoking. I hope it will find its way into the hands of all doctors, nurses, med students and potential parents. I also hope that people will take this new found knowledge and put it to good use.
**Side note... when I sat down to write this post I had every intention of writing a detailed review. After putting more thought into it, I decided that it would be better if everyone read the book without knowing much more than I wrote. I think if potential readers knew some of the topics that are covered, they may choose not to read it and then I wouldn't be doing it justice. Everyone, please be open minded when getting through the book. Your views may be different than the ones expressed in the book but they deserve to be given attention.
What a bonus to see some pictures of my "online friends".
After reading the book, please come back and tell me what you thought.