The birthing of a new baby is one of life’s great medical and human dramas. When it goes well, it is a loud and joyful mess. But when it goes badly, it is a travesty, devastating not only to hopeful mothers, but also to their doctors regardless of how well they have learned to anticipate and navigate the myriad hazards of obstetric medicine.
Catching Babies, a novel by health care entrepreneur and author J.D. Kleinke, charts the professional and personal struggles of those doctors, following a group of OB/GYNs as they complete their residency in a busy urban teaching hospital, embark on ambitious careers, and try to mend personal relationships neglected through years of training and sacrifice.
Catching Babies is the general public’s first hard look behind the medical curtain into the practice, politics, and often bizarre culture of obstetrics and gynecology, as smashed together into a single specialty and “organized” in the most disorganized health care system in the world. It explores the broader landscape surrounding obstetric medicine and women’s health…
- the culture clash of religion, reproductive rights, and medical technology
- the emotional brutality of residency training
- the complex turf war between most (but not all) OB/GYNs and the growing and diverse ranks of midwives
- the truimphs of many women to get and stay pregnant against the medical and technical odds
- America’s ongoing civil war over abortion rights
In obstetric medicine and women’s health, both the courage and callowness we have come to expect of our individual physicians find some of their most dramatic expressions. Catching Babies spins their stories into a gripping mosaic of the obsessions, grandiosity, anxieties and heroism of doctors who have chosen to preside over the joyful messes and heart-breaking travesties in our hospitals’ delivery rooms.