10000BabiesReviewed by Poppy Johnson

The stories of an OB/GYN doctor are carefully recounted in the book 10,000 Babies: My Life in the Delivery Room. The author spent 40 years as an obstetrician, and participated in countless deliveries over the course of his career. Dr. Aladjem begins with the heartfelt reasons he chose the profession, and works the reader through his medical miracles, personal and professional heartbreaks and shares the customs, traditions and varied beliefs held by pregnant women of every faith and culture.

Many of the stories are told with back stories in place, which is immensely helpful for the reader as it puts you into the heart of the action with as much information as possible on the women and their lives during the time of their child’s birth. Knowing what led up to the miracle is as important as understanding the “against all odds” struggles that Dr. Aladjem was often facing during labor. The reader will appreciate the profession more for having read these real stories of first-hand accounts of the miracle of child birth.

Each story in the book is a few pages long, and the stories are chronologically presented from the beginning of the author’s practice and career to his later years in the maternity ward. Several of these stories spoke to me personally, such as “A Mother’s Secret”. Like the woman in the story, I only found out myself that I was a negative blood Rh factor when I became pregnant for the first time, and never knew the risks and hazards for the unborn child until that time! This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the topics of births, newborn babies, labor and delivery or any new, pregnant or adopting mothers who may want more information on the subject.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Silvio Aladjem. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.