Baby at Risk: The Uncertain Legacies of Medical Miracles for Babies, Families and Society (Capital Currents)

Baby at Risk: The Uncertain Legacies of Medical Miracles for Babies, Families and Society (Capital Currents) by Ruth Levy Guyer

ISBN10: 1933102489
ISBN13: 978-1933102481
Author: Ruth Levy Guyer
Title: Baby at Risk: The Uncertain Legacies of Medical Miracles for Babies, Families and Society (Capital Currents)
Publisher: Capital Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2008)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1480 kb
Size PDF: 1814 kb
Rating: 4.6/5
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Subcategory: Medicine

Baby at Risk: The Uncertain Legacies of Medical Miracles for Babies, Families and Society (Capital Currents) by Ruth Levy Guyer



Baby at Risk explores the growing phenomenon of "miracle" births and infants born with major medical problems that threaten or impair their health for life. The book examines the new assisted-reproduction technologies that are producing their share of miracle babies---but also a burgeoning population of imperiled newborns. Then there are the neonatal intensive care rescues that keep extremely premature and critically ill babies alive---some to live healthy lives, but others to face a bleak lifetime during which their families must care for them.

Through extensive interviews with parents and medical and nursing staff, and an exploration of ethical principles that guide deliberations about medical decisions, Baby at Risk examines the dilemmas that at-risk babies raise, considers the responses of those who care for and about babies, and proposes strategies for more effective and balanced decision-making in the uncertain world of imperiled newborns.

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