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ISBN: 1578061571
Author: Jerry Gentry
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (November 1, 1999)
Pages: 346
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 459
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Gentry tells these stories in a style and pace that mirrors life in the hospital.

Gentry tells these stories in a style and pace that mirrors life in the hospital. Some individuals reappear throughout the narrative while some flash by and then are gone, leaving an indelible imprint on the memory. In his narrative, Gentry follows four principal stories: A young single woman is having her second child. She gradually reveals that her relationship with her boyfriend is a violent one.

To point up the situation of Grady and its clientele, for comparison Gentry describes the experiences of a Grady physician assistant who volunteered for a stint in rural Mexico.

Fraught with poverty, violence, drugs, physical and sexual abuse, and a strong undercurrent of hopelessness, this isn't a pretty story. Much of the text consists of conversation, with attitudes and relationships purveyed in everyday terms. To point up the situation of Grady and its clientele, for comparison Gentry describes the experiences of a Grady physician assistant who volunteered for a stint in rural Mexico.

In Atlanta the term 'Grady Baby' has a pejorative ring. It stereotypes race and class. Here are the stories of four women facing uncertain knowledge that their infants will be Grady Babies ISBN: 1578061571 (Hospitals, Maternity Services). Other Products from hartmannbooks (View All). The Life And Times Of Ray Hicks: Keeper Of The Jack Tales.

In this teeming facility that never closes, he shows how their sorrows, struggles, and spiritual fortitude join at the moment when life begins.

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Jerry Gentry, a freelance writer from Atlanta, is the author of Grady Baby: A Year in the Life of Atlanta's Grady Hospital (University Press of Mississippi). Praying for Sarah: When death is a blessing.

Grady Memorial Hospital, frequently referred to as Grady Hospital or simply Grady, is the largest hospital in the state of Georgia and the public hospital for the city of Atlanta. It is the fifth-largest public hospital in the United States, as well as one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country. Historical segregation of its hospital units meant that it was also called "The Gradys," a name that still surfaces among elderly Atlanta residents, especially African-Americans.

Granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the maternity ward of Atlanta's sprawling public hospital, Jerry Gentry binds together stories of women, medical residents, nurses, and midwives. In this teeming facility that never closes, he shows how their sorrows, struggles, and spiritual fortitude join at the moment when life begins.

Gentry tells these stories in a style and pace that mirrors life in the hospital. Scenes may change rapidly or linger on the birth of a child or an older woman's struggle with addiction. Some individuals reappear throughout the narrative while some flash by and then are gone, leaving an indelible imprint on the memory.

In his narrative, Gentry follows four principal stories:

A young single woman is having her second child. She gradually reveals that her relationship with her boyfriend is a violent one.

An older woman--a "Grady Baby" and lifelong Grady patient--emerges as a kind of spiritual muse.

In the charity hospital, a Brazilian émigré is pregnant by a man from a wealthy Atlanta family.

A woman with AIDS faces the trials of a mixed-race relationship and the terrifying question--will my baby have the virus?

Never maudlin, Grady Baby presents hard choices--some wise, some not--made by women enduring tough realities. The term "Grady Baby" has been traditionally a pejorative, stereotyping the race and class of patients, but it can also be a term of pride and strength. With an insider's eye and unflinching, humanizing narrative voice, Gentry reveals the battles, failures, and triumphs that occur in one year in the place where birth and the hardships of urban life collide.

Comments:

Mojar
What an amazing book! Jerry Gentry studied the patients, nurses, and doctors that make up the Grady Hospital Maternity Ward in Atlanta. He follows several mothers on their journey through prenatal care, pregnancy, and the births of their children. He then follows up after the babies are born. I found this book compelling because it demonstrates every aspect of its subjects' lives. You feel like you personally know the people discussed. It is an emotional and monetarial journey of hardships for most of the mothers involved. Being an Atlanta native this novel has given me new respect for Grady hospital. A great ethnography for anyone interested in the subject and/or social behavior.
Prorahun
Gentry does an excellent job of getting the reader involved in the daily dramas that make up Grady Hospital. You could not begin to make up the tales of some of these characters! Riveting.

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