The Story

The birthing of a new baby is one of life’s great medical and human dramas. When it goes well, it is a loud and joyful mess. But when it goes badly, it is a travesty, devastating not only to hopeful mothers, but also to their doctors – regardless of how well they have learned to anticipate and navigate the myriad hazards of obstetric medicine.

Catching Babies, a new novel by medical writer J.D. Kleinke, charts the professional and personal struggles of those doctors, following a group of OB/GYNs as they complete their residency in a busy urban teaching hospital, embark on ambitious careers, and try to mend personal relationships neglected through years of training and sacrifice.