Monday, May 11, 2015

Baby City

There are only three things in this world that are certain: death, taxes, and babies.

Nobody knows this truth better than Emily McCoy, a third year resident working in Baby City, the affectionate nickname for the busy Labor and Delivery unit at a New York City hospital. On a typical day in Baby City, Emily delivers more babies than the number of hours of sleep she manages to squeeze in that night. And definitely more than the number of dates she's been on since she started her training in OB/GYN two years earlier.

As Emily works tirelessly to safely herald baby after baby after baby (after baby) into the world, she becomes well acquainted with the three hard facts of Baby City:

1) Babies never come when you want them to.

2) Babies always come when you don't want them to.

3) You don't know who your true friends are until your baby is sliding down the birth canal.




Baby City was a joint effort, written by myself and Dr. Whoo of OB/GYN Kenobi. Do you remember the wonderful Dr. Whoo? She was a really funny OB/GYN blogger who stopped blogging when life inevitably got busy. Well, now she's back… in book form! This book is all about the real events that take place on a labor and delivery unit. It's an inside look that few people get to experience.

And if you're about to start your third year of medical school, this book totally counts as studying.

Buy Baby City today on Amazon!

Read a preview

Side note: Special thanks to Dr. Amy of the Skeptical OB for her help in creating an incredibly realistic scene about homebirth gone wrong. Dr. Amy has been a tireless crusader for safe childbirth, and she's also got some really intelligent things to say about medicine in general (including vaccination). In her honor, we are donating 25% of the profits from the book to the fistula foundation, a nonprofit organization that does great things for women in Third World countries.

29 comments:

  1. I'd also like to announce my upcoming companion book for men. Starring Tex McGruff, a coarse-talking, unconventional urologist (but damnit, he gets results!)

    The three uncomfortably-hard facts of Penis City:

    1) Penises never come when you want them to.
    2) Penises always come when you don't want them to.
    3) You don't know who your true friends are until your penis is sliding up their birth canal.

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    1. omg. perfect. hilarious

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    2. Next you have to do The Penis Wears Scrubs.

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    3. OMG I laughed so hard I almost peed myself (sounds like a job for Dr. McGruff).

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  3. I just bought it, and can't wait to read it!

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  4. You and Dr. Grumpy really need to collaborate on a book.

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  5. Just finished reading the book. I'll spare everyone here the review (a layperson's review would probably be uninteresting at any rate), and just say that if you're reading the pitch on this book on this blog then just go ahead and buy it! It's worth the price of admission.

    (Apologies if this is a duplicate comment -- I think my previous comment was eaten by the void, but I can't tell for sure so I'm just rewriting it)

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    1. Pretty please would you mind putting up a review on Amazon? :-)

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    2. Not at all! I'll get on it soon.

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    3. There you go, all done. I tried to keep it short, but I can get wordy at times. :/

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    4. I'm sorry you found typos in the story. I quick paid quite a bit to have it professionally edited.

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    5. That's unfortunate. They did an OK-ish job, but there were still five or six that caught my attention negatively. I made notes on where I found most of them if you're interested in yelling at your editor about them. Also, if you ever write another book, let me beta read it and I promise to point out any typos I find. :)

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    6. Yes, please send them along to me because I can still correct the Kindle version.

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    7. Although I have to defend my editor and say that five missed typos in almost 90,000 words is pretty good. Shouldn't really detract from anyone's reading experience.

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    8. Fair enough, I was just being flippant anyway. It wasn't a terribly huge deal; I mentioned it near the bottom of the review because it was the among the least important aspects of what I thought about the book.

      I sent the corrections to the email address listed in your Blogger profile.

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  6. I will go ahead and buy this today! Should I wait and read it after I deliver in a few weeks? As in, is it going to scare the heck out of me?

    (I am having a RCS and NOT a home birth)

    LT

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    1. Read it now! You wont have time after :-)

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  7. I'm half way through and hooked! but how come the family med-bound med student is described as such a moron? it was the same with the primary care medicine intern from the first book! The books are both awesome, but as someone who went into primary care and was definitely very competent as a med student/intern, it's hard not to feel slighted! :)

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    1. Lol. Well, I would argue that they are not so much incompetent as just green.

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    1. Thanks! Let me know what you think!

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  9. I don't think that Dr Amy has ever been to a successful homebirth - which by the way most of them are. A crusader who has never seen the other side is just ignorant in my books.

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    1. I don't want to get into an argument about homebirth or anything, but I don't think she needs to see a homebirth in order to feel that it isn't safe enough if things go wrong. For example, I've seen many people ride safely in a car without wearing a seatbelt, but I still strongly feel that everyone who rides in a car should have a seatbelt on.

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    2. Anonymous, there are many people (physicians included) who would agree with you about her ignorance.

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