"10,000 Babies" is a compilation of true events in the life of an obstetrician and his patients, presented as short stories. Some may bring a smile others a tear. Anyone who has a child, whether a mother or a father, will not remain indifferent. These stories range from those of the very early pregnancy, to the birth of triplets, from the anguish of not knowing if the baby will be born prematurely, to the unusual case where a mother thought that she was pregnant, when in reality she was not. Those that have not yet become parents or are already parents, will find in “10,000 Babies” a world they did not know existed. Sometime in the future, they may even relive many of those stories.
Also included are chapters about the history of how we got where we are in the care of pregnant women, how different cultures influence childbirth, why myths surrounding pregnancy are still with us, and why those that care for pregnant women are a special breed of people.
Silvio Aladjem MD, FACOG, FRSM, is professor emeritus in obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, and clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and the subspecialty of maternal fetal medicine. He is a member of many professional and scientific organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American Medical Association (AMA), Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM), and others, including the Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom. He is the author of several textbooks on obstetrics and perinatal medicine. In addition, he has published extensively in professional scientific journals in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and South America. His textbooks have been translated and published in Europe and South America.