Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/02/27

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Subject: RE: [Leica] OR/NICU Photographs
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 09:26:15 -0500

Funny you should mention the NICU - having written a book 22 years ago
called Born At Risk, about 24 hours in a NICU, I fairly recently got to
thinking about the idea of updating it, as a photobook with extensive
text. And, in fact, have gotten as far as getting clearance to do it at
Beth Israel-Deaconess in Boston. The problem now is finding the time.

The problem with doing a NICU project at Boston Children's, or any free
standing Children's Hospital for that matter, is that you get a skewed
picture of the NICU - None of the babies are "in-born," they are all
transfers from other hospitals that couldn't care for them. So while a
NICU in a good hospital with a delivery service has a mix of infants,
from the 24 weekers skittering along the very fine edge of
survivability, to the "monster" full-term, 8 pounder's who simply need
to be watched for 24 hours. And that makes for a much wider-range of
parents, in terms of length of time the baby's there, emotions, etc.

It also, interestingly enough, often makes for radically different
overall survival rates, with the specialty hospital's
counter-intuitively having poorer outcomes.

B. D.

- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Buzz
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 10:29 PM
Subject: [Leica] OR/NICU Photographs

Well...perhaps and perhaps not.  Ted and Sandy are photographing a book
on "Women In Medicine," capturing, as I understand it, women in all
venues where medicine is practiced.  We'll have to wait for a report
from Ted and Sandy whether or not they worked in a NICU (Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit).  I am certain they will be photographing in the OR
because I know one of the surgeons who they will follow.

Hospital administrators seem permit
documentary photography in intensive care units.  This may be from
liability jitters, but who knows.

	Buzz Hausner

- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tina
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 8:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Don Rickles, Stents and Or/NICU photos

At 07:29 PM 2/26/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>  Talk about a new book. How about a photo essay about
>what goes on in Children's Hospital Boston's NICU. To see a 500 gram
>infant held in one hand is a sad, yet remarkable sight. To show the
>child a few years later is even more breathtaking - it will bring tears
>your eyes - honest. If I had the time, I'd jump on it.
>     Ed

 From what I hear, Ted and Sandy have beat you to it.


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