The gift of life is such a treasure. The moment that an infant emerges from its loving mother’s womb is a precious moment that can rarely be described by words alone. In the same vein, witnessing a baby become ill or acquire a life-threatening condition is such a heartbreaking experience that both parents and medical professionals experience together. Seasoned neonatologist Dr. Susan Landers has amassed a breadth of experience in the matter, and she recounts many of her stories through her book So Many Babies.
Dr. Susan Landers has been a medical professional for over 34 years. She has been a witness to the many ups and downs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and she has taken it upon herself to tell the world about her stories. Throughout her extensive career in neonatology, Dr. Landers has helped countless patients with varying conditions such as extremely low birth weight and prematurity, those with major congenital malformations, and other critical care scenarios.
So Many Babies is Dr. Susan Landers’ way of sharing the stories of her patients, their families, and the NICU staff who have been hard at work to provide medical care to sick children. Her critically acclaimed book is a result of her countless years of practice as a neonatologist taking care of sick babies in the NICU. “My book relates stories about some incredibly special patients—some premature, some multiples, some born with severe birth defects, and their parents—each of whom touched me in profound ways,” shared Dr. Landers.
As a mother herself, Dr. Susan Landers also shares her experiences with raising her three children while practicing full-time. Her book relates stories of her learning how to be a good enough mother, and she hopes that her journey in motherhood will empower other working mothers all over the world.
“I think that other working mothers, especially career moms, who are trying to figure out how to balance work and mothering, will find my book helpful. I made plenty of mistakes along the way. If I can do it, so can they,” she expressed.
So Many Babies gives readers a glimpse at the day-to-day activities of medical professionals. The book sheds light on the struggles that these people have to go through as they continue to put in the work in order to help save the lives of critically ill babies.
“The most challenging thing was working while physically and mentally exhausted, for example, enduring a grueling 24-hour-shift. Working in an environment with constant stress and noise can be nerve-wracking. Sometimes when the NICU was busy and monitors were alarming, the stimulation was overwhelming,” explained Dr. Landers.
Her critically-acclaimed book also touches on the technological advancements that have improved neonatal critical care medicine and high-risk obstetrical care, such as infertility treatments and multiple births.
Dr. Susan Landers ultimately hopes that So Many Babies will enlighten parents and mothers with babies who have certain conditions and help them feel that they are not alone in their battles. Medical professionals such as Dr. Landers are here to keep the fire burning for parents that seem to have lost hope.
With November being National Prematurity Awareness Month, So Many Babies has become a timely read for parents, soon-to-be parents, and medical professionals. Dr. Susan Landers is lighting the way towards spreading awareness on the several issues that newborn babies face and the amount of effort that parents and medical professionals put towards helping them grow and thrive. To know more about Dr. Susan Landers, make sure to visit her official website. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more live updates.