The First Breath
‘Fascinating and moving.' - Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt
This is a story about the cutting-edge medicine that has saved a generation of babies.
It's about the love and fear a parent feels for a child they haven’t yet met.
It's about doctors, mothers, fathers and babies as together they fight for the first breath.
The First Breath is the first popular science book about the pioneering fetal and neonatal medicine bringing a new generation into the world – a generation of babies without precedent, who would not have lived if they had been born only a few decades ago.
Olivia Gordon explores the female experience of medicine through her own personal story and sensitive, intimate case histories of other mothers’ high-risk births. She details the relationship mothers develop with doctors who hold not only life and death in their hands, but also the very possibility of birth.
From the dawn of fetal medicine to neonatal surgery and the exploding field of perinatal genetics, The First Breath tells of fear, bravery and love. Olivia Gordon takes the reader behind the closed doors of the fetal and neonatal intensive care units, resuscitation rooms and operating theatres at some of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, unveiling the untold story of how doctors save the sickest babies.
In the media
Fascinating and moving.
Adam Kay, Sunday Times bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt
Excellent . . . A serious journalistic investigation into foetal and neonatal medicine . . . reads like a thriller.
Part memoir, part analysis of neonatal and postnatal care. It’s wonderful
Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other