Praise for The First Breath

Fascinating and moving. (Adam Kay, Sunday Times bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt)

Excellent . . . A serious journalistic investigation into foetal and neonatal medicine . . . reads like a thriller. (The Times)

Very powerfully told. (Emma Barnett, BBC Radio 5 Live)

Extraordinary . . . An absorbing and awe-inspiring account of the foetal and neonatal medicine that is enabling a new generation of babies to thrive. (Bookseller)

Smart, sympathetic (Sunday Times Style)

Heartstopping (Daily Mail)

A book full of emotion and one that medical practitioners should read (Jewish Chronicle)

A wonderfully well written, brilliant discussion of the evolution of genetics, prenatal diagnosis, fetal and neonatal medicine, ethics and popular prejudice interwoven into a framework of [the author’s] own very human story and the other mothers who tell of their experiences so graphically . . . moved me to tears. (Professor Stuart Campbell, British fetal medicine pioneer)

Pacy and accessible . . . It is the female experience of such invasive surgeries that remains the focus here; expectant mothers steeling themselves for “needles as long as rulers” and learning to navigate a “strange form of knowledge” about a child that has yet to enter the world. (Prospect)

Exceptionally moving . . . a pleasure to read. (Professor Dame Kay E Davies, Professor of Genetics, University of Oxford )

Part memoir, part analysis of neonatal and postnatal care. It’s wonderful. (Clover Stroud)

This jaw-dropping story of medical discovery is interwoven with Gordon’s own deeply moving story of her own experience as a new mother with a child in neonatal care. It conveys, brilliantly, the devastating emotional impact of being separated from one’s child, and the shock of an unexpected diagnosis. (Useful Reading, The Birth Trauma Association)

Heart-warming and insightful. (Bliss)

Such an important, informative and heart warming book. Highly recommended…Heartfelt, passionate…A beautiful read. (PNDandMe)

A brilliant, deeply researched book around the giant leaps medicine has taken in saving incredibly fragile and sick babies…Superbly eloquent in the story of her son, Joel, and the impact being a neonatal parent had on her. The book highlights beautifully the gaping chasm between pioneering medical treatment and the long-lasting impact this has on all of those involved. Incredibly insightful. (Leo’s Neonatal)