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Inside the secretive world of unborn babies

A new book combines medical memoir with interviews with doctors

By Zoe Apostolides   July 2019
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A smiling baby Wikimedia commons

Olivia Gordon was 29 weeks pregnant when her baby was diagnosed with a rare condition that might have proved fatal. Her son was saved by surgery carried out in utero, an unthinkable feat until the first successful operation of its kind was performed in 1981.

Gordon’s first book combines medical memoir with interviews with neonatologists, obstetricians and surgeons. It also examines families in a similar situation. “I wanted to know,” she writes, “what it was like for other mothers and babies,…

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