Dr. Fleishman is a neonatologist who writes creative nonfiction. Through her writing, she hopes to highlight aspects of humanism in the care of the patients and families she serves. Her essays touch on themes such as motherhood, perinatal ethics, social determinates of health, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and life and death in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is also a wife and a mother of two boys and often writes about the overlap between her personal and professional lives.
“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to the whisper that is heard by him alone.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
"Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life"
The views expressed on in the linked writing and on this website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other institution with which the author is affiliated.
The stories are true, but details may have been changed to protect patient privacy. Cases recounted took place over many years, in several states, and numerous hospitals. Also, most of them are not unique. Other doctors could tell similar stories because there are thousands of similar stories. HIPAA will not be breached because patient confidentiality is a cornerstone of care.
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