The First Breath by Olivia Gordon

Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for a review copy of this book for an honest review.

This book looks at the history of childbirth, how neonatal care has evolved and how the future of neonatal care may look. However it isn’t a science or history book, but a diary of what happened to Olivia Gordon during her pregnancy and the years after. There are also stories about other families from across the world have also experienced how changes in medicine have helped babies survive.

I don’t have any personal experience of visiting a SCBU but my nephew had a couple of weeks in one after arriving early. It was fascinating to hear about how the care of the babies is evolving and to read about Joel’s journey.

I will be recommending this book to students  who are looking to study medicine or nursing and to friends in the teaching profession. 

Thank you to Olivia for sharing your story and educating the reader in this thought provoking book.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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