Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU

Spot Five Months in the Neonatal ICU Spot delivers the gritty details of a mother a newborn and a five month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a visually gripping graphic memoir by Jenny Jaeckel A routine prenatal exam rev

  • Title: Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU
  • Author: Jenny Jaeckel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spot 12 delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a visually gripping graphic memoir by Jenny Jaeckel A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem, and first time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis Surrounded by disagreements,Spot 12 delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a visually gripping graphic memoir by Jenny Jaeckel A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem, and first time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa But even the best hospital staff make mistakes, and Jaeckel and her husband s vigilance must be acute At times they battle feelings of helplessness, but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.

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    1. Just recently I have started delving into graphic novels. The first one I read was, Maus. So I was excited to find out that I won, Spot 12, because it sounded very similar to Maus; by using animals in place of people and it being a true story memoir about a horrific event. I also want to mention that I love the title! Overall, I enjoyed the story of what was supposed to be a routine birth but ends up turning into the parent's worst nightmare. I felt so bad for Jenny and Cito and, of course, for [...]

    2. Spot 12 is an account of the author's experience with the five months she spent with her daughter in the NICU. The book is unique as it is presented in a graphic novel-like format with the text and drawings created by the author. I haven't myself had any experience with my own child in the NICU, but I have had friends and family members who have spent time there with their newborns. Everyone's experience is different, but I can guess that some of the fears and feelings that all parents have whil [...]

    3. I won an Advance Review Copy through a Giveaway.I really feel bad about the suffering endured by Jaeckel's daughter and the stress it put on her and her family. That said, I really didn't like the execution of this graphic novel because it wasn't really a graphic novel, it was more like a poorly illustrated text piece. Captions overwhelm the pages. Dialogue balloons were used on maybe three pages, and the rest of the time the reader is subjected to giant boxes of text. Layouts of the pages (and [...]

    4. Not being a parent, I wasn't sure how I would take to this story, but it is heart wrenching and inspiring. I found the writing in the beginning to be a little choppy, but I'm not a normal graphic novel reader, so maybe that is normal. Once I got a little deeper in the story, it didn't bother me. I have friends with two NICU alum children, and while their issues were different, this gave me a much better feel for the emotional trauma the whole family must've experienced. Definitely worth the read [...]

    5. I read this book on my computer via a copy one of my dear neighbors had loaned me, and the following is my honest opinion.Granted, while this endeavor by the author, Jenny Jaeckel, is in a comic book format, it does a decent job depicting the reality and the anguish by the parents, especially the mother, of seeing their newborn child lying helpless in an incubator in a NICU ward, it doesn’t come close to the real thing. Having worked in city hospital for over 33 years in a non-medical capacity [...]

    6. I do not read many graphic novels, it is generally not a style that appeals to me. The story here is deeply emotional and well told through words and pictures. I particularly liked the use of space to show how small the author felt in the face of these life changing events she was experiencing. I also really appreciated the epilogue with information about what happened nextceived this through a giveaway.

    7. I won an Advance Review Copy of Spot 12: The Story of a Birth by Jenny Jaeckel in a giveaway. Initially, I was excited to read an emotionally moving account of life in the NICU. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The overall writing style and illustrations were quite dull. I just couldn’t get into it enough to emotionally connect, nor stay focused to read it. That was before getting to p. 74 when I felt shocked/confused about the "I love their fat little vaginas!" line. That little creeper ap [...]

    8. I enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy a recounting of another person's pain) this text. I've read some reviews that fault the author for not using direct text/quotations much. That really didn't bother me. In fact, I think I liked it more the way it is. As someone who has spent too much time in a hospital with a family member, I appreciate the balance of confusion and terror with the (sometimes dark) humor. Overall, a worthwhile read.

    9. Disclaimer: I received Spot 12 through a Giveway. I admit that I naively misunderstood the word “graphic” in the description, thinking it related to realistic descriptions of medical procedures.I love the title. Spot 12 was the location of Jaeckel’s daughter’s isolette in the NICU. The gut-wrenching story is told through the use of illustrations enclosed in panels. All of the people are depicted as animals. This tends to add distance and give an air of unreality, which is perhaps a perf [...]

    10. It's hard to criticize such a deeply personal & honest story. There's a lot to appreciate here: some welcome openness about depression, an extremely touching recounting of the ways she viewed and touched and thought about her daughter. Some of the panels are tremendously striking in their stark black and white.But a few things really rubbed me the wrong way--repeating the fallacy that vaccines are linked to autism, for example. That felt irresponsible. At times, it felt like some details had [...]

    11. This was awesome and I don't simply say so because the writer/illustrator is a friend from high school. Okay, so maybe that added a star, but the book is still the bee's knees--if a harrowing read. The anthropomorphic artwork is easily on the level of Maus; the story made me absolutely convinced that I don't want to have an unhealthy baby. (Because prior to this, there was some doubt.)

    12. Love this book. Jenny does an amazing job of presenting her story of the premature birth of her daughter in a simple, beautiful visual language.

    13. Thank you to for the free ARC of this book. I just now, almost a year later, read the book. True story of a birth! This is a graphic novel depicting the birth of the author's first child. This was by no means an easy book to read. Spot 12 is the location in the NICU where Jenny Jaeckel's daughter spent most of her first few months of life. The family is drawn as some sort of animal, perhaps a bear. I found this to make the story endearing. There were several parts of this story that really stru [...]

    14. Disclaimer: I received Spot 12 through a Giveway.Initially the art style of this book turned me off a little but the stylized caricatures helped me to better feel the intents of each personality. I found the story to be conveyed in such a way to give weight, expressing not just the actions of the protagonist but to actually make you feel with her. Pages showing anxiety or stress putting you in her mindset. The explanations of the various medical goings on could have been very dry but they flowe [...]

    15. This birth story is both a miracle and a nightmare, wrapped in a baby blanket. Going to the hospital for a prenatal ultrasound, the parents are plunged into a relentless five-month series of interventions to keep baby Asa alive. Creatively depicted by mother Jenny Jaeckel, the black and white illustrations add to the surreal sense of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its clinical procedures, aided by a barrage of machines and devices, are balanced by the ever-changing healthcare team, brought in [...]

    16. This phenomenal and emotional book describes the author's daughter Asa's stay in a Vancouver NICU for the first five months of her life. Asa was born with a tracheoesophageal fistula, a very rare congenital anomaly in which the esophagus is attached to the trachea. Babies with this problem are critically ill and require multiple surgeries and months of intensive care. The book is in graphic form and all the people are presented as animals. This conveys emotion well and allows people with limited [...]

    17. This is a difficult book to review, because there are several components to it. Some of them are executed very well while others fall short. The narrative is very personal, and I think Jenny Jaeckel does a very good job of inviting the reader in to experience all of the emotions that were running through her head during this period of her life. It's a heart-wrenching story, but one that is ultimately inspiring. I love the inclusion of the epilogue with photos at the end.In the introduction, it's [...]

    18. Having worked in healthcare, I winced when the author first mentions that she had midwives. Another comments she makes about vaccines causing autism are not even based on medical fact. The story is of her traumatic experience with having a baby in neonatal care for an birth defect that the child may not recover from. I did not enjoy the story, or reading about her mentally unwinding during the experience. If you are going through a traumatic medical experience, sharing the details of that experi [...]

    19. 5 starsBuy itThis is the intense but brilliant story of an infant in nicu after an early birth. I was outraged for the author when she was told by a nurse not to touch her baby for two days. Probably because it reminded me when my son was in nicu for a few days and was told I couldn't hold him. I was furious, so I could feel the authors pain. I loved hearing about the kind nurses and hated the incompetent ones. Hearing about some of the other patients families too was also moving. I liked how th [...]

    20. Spot 12 provides an intimate view into the extreme daily hardships of being a parent of a special needs child. The author also delves into how the experience affected her own mental health and how she struggled to overcome the grief, fear and anger she was hit with at every turn. However, despite the intense subject material, I had trouble truly connecting with any of the characters. The storytelling was very straightforward and sparse for the most part. Many passages intended to evoke emotion f [...]

    21. I found this book very interesting. Although the format is different than that of a novel I quickly got used to it. I appreciate the total honesty Jaeckel shares in her story. This book gave me a true feeling for what it must be like to have a child in the NICU for months on end with complications setting the release date back. Jaeckel shares the sheer terror she felt at times of the possibility of losing her child. This is a pretty quick read. I read it in two sittings. I highly recommend it if [...]

    22. I won a copy of "Spot 12" through the giveaway. Let me first say that I thought some of the names for the characters was weird and that the title of nurse should have been spelled out instead of using the initial N. Also, a comment made by the character named Deer was extremely bizarre, "I love their fat little vaginas". Now, for the positive comments: I enjoyed the graphics and I felt invested to continue to read the story because I was concerned for baby Asa. This book can be used as inspirin [...]

    23. 4.5 StarsWow very original book! This was a wonderful, sad, but encouraging story that will break your heart and warm it at the same time. I have always been a fan of graphic novels and have read quite a few. Its just a nice change from reading a full novel, its fun! I don't think I have ever read one that was a memoir and especially not about the birth and life of a baby with special needs. I loved that the author also included a lot about her own feelings and depression (not just about the bab [...]

    24. This is a heart-wrenching tale that is done as cartoons. It is a journey of love and survival. I won a copy of this book during a giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a family member who I think will enjoy it too. Someone whose goal is to go into the medical field. I hope it provides inspiration.

    25. The art really worked well. A few parts were too "talky" but overall this is very good. It's enlightening just how much technology can and can't do in these situations, and how important it is to have a team of people to help.The book deals with both physical and emotional/mental illness and mentions other babies dying in the NICU (her own child survives).

    26. I got this from a giveaway and I am so happy I did. The storytelling in this book was great. Very emotional in a good way. My dad worked for 30 years as a NICU social worker and I always wondered what the families were like when I would go visit him at work, and now I feel like I really know one family.

    27. I recently won this book in a Giveaway. Having previously worked in a hospital, I believe that the NICU is truly a place where miracle happens. That is why this book interested me so much.While the story was heart wrenching and compelling, it was difficult to read due to the graphics. I would have preferred just the words. The book was emotional. I felt the pain of every decision and the parents' love for their child.

    28. A very moving story memoir of a woman's experience of her daughter's time in the NICU. The art is porobaly the most affecting part: Jaeckel's use of black and white, negative space, and visual metaphor are phenomenal. The human characters being represented by animals and archetypical pseudonyms help the reader to quickly connect and identify with them so that the story can move along at a brisk pace, covering both the minutiae of Asa's care and the overwhelming emotions of her medical treatments [...]

    29. A beautiful story! I won this book in a giveaway and I’m so glad to have it in my collection! There is quite a bit of hospital talk that can be hard (for me) to get through but the illustrations and character names were lovely.

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