Catching Babies
A New Novel by J.D. Kleinke
Fourth Chapter Books (2011)

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.

Catching Babies also explores the broader landscape surrounding obstetrics and women’s health…

  • the culture clash of religion, reproductive rights, and medical technology
  • the emotional brutality of residency training
  • the politics and bureaucracy that drive today’s academic medical centers
  • the struggles of disenfranchised women trapped inside a broken health care system
  • the truimphs of many women to get and stay pregnant against the medical and technical odds and America’s ongoing civil war over abortion rights

In obstetrics, both the courage and callowness we have come to expect of our individual physicians find some of their most dramatic expressions. Catching Babies spins their stories into a gripping mosaic of the obsessions, grandiosity, anxieties and heroism of doctors who have chosen to preside over the joyful messes and heart-breaking travesties in our hospitals’ delivery rooms.

Catching Babies will be published in March 2011 by Fourth Chapter Books of Portland Oregon, a new imprint launched this year by the creators of Portland’s Underland Press.

If you are interested in preordering Catching Babies at a special pre-publication discount, click here.


J.D. Kleinke on Defensive Medicine, Obstetrics and Women's Health, The Unnecessarian, Jill Arnold, February 1, 2011

A Normal Pregnancy is a Retrospective Diagnosis, The Health Beat Blog, Maggie Mahar, February 4, 2011

For more information about J.D. Kleinke, visit www.jdkonline.com.