Francesca Segal: Mother Ship



A truly intimate daily journey from the moment the tiny babies are born with skin so delicate that they can t have clothes on or be held by their mummy and daddy The girls without names yet are transported to the neo natal unit for intensive care The Mothership where a small community of likewise parents find comfort and hope in ach otherEvery new day and night brings new challenges heartache and celebrations as I felt privileged to get to know the other mums that kept vigil by their babies sides they were closer than family because you had to Shadow Scale (Seraphina, experience this to really understand I felt anxious and fearful for these tiny babies with an incredible will to survive the oddsThe writing feels raw withmotion nothing held back so many times I prayed for all these children although I knew that the time had gone already their fate had already happened The author praises the wonderful dedicated teams of doctors and nurses that care for the babies and rightly so There is a very brief part of the book where the author mentions the cost of such care and just how lucky we are and I totally agreeI felt really privileged to share the author and others journey at what must have been a terrifying time I wish to thank NetGalley for an Claim The Crown e copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly I never normally write reviews but thisxtraordinary book deserves one It is a rare thing when a writer is able to walk you through such a deeply personal and heart wrenching Nerds experience with suchlouence that you feel as if you are reading poetry I devoured this book in 2 sittings staying up till the In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, early hours of the morningand now that I am finished I only wish I had taken my time so I could still be reading this story This story is truly precious I wept and hoped through thentirety of this diary of a mother whose twins were born prematurely and had to fight to survive I wept and hoped for all the mothers in the NICU she wrote about After finishing I found myself desperately trying to Google who they might be because I so wanted Bark everyone to be OK It s as much a love story about the fragility of motherhood as it is about the beauty of female friendship and the true power of annduring marriage of On Such a Full Sea euality support and heartI am a loud mouth Reading this I did find myself initially wondering and incredulously reading passages to HS why Francesca wasn t advocating for her children and why being liked by the doctors felt imperative than demanding a layman sxplanation to understand Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! exac I imagine you just need to be a parent or an intensive care nurse perhaps to fully get this book Even though Francesca Segal s particular worries and concerns are way than most of us have to deal with the care of two delicate premature twin daughters there is a relatability in so much of her writing Dealing with anxieties spending huge amounts of time in hospitals the friendships that sustain you and the normal life you have to park completely to deal with the new situation Segal describes all of this in beautiful heartfelt insightful prose overlaid with a strong dose of humour and humanity I found myself totallyngrossed in the drama living Cannibal every day andvery development and was sorry to reach the Mastered (The Enforcers, end A great moving read Thanks to Bertrams for thearly proof copy. Ge for her and her babies Francesca makes a temporary life among a band of mothers who are vivid fearless and inspiring taking care not only of their children but of one anotherMOTHER SHIP is an intimate raucous sublime and lectrifying memoir It is a hymn to the sustaining power of women’s friendship and a loving celebration of the two small girls – and their mother – who defy the odd.

This book follows Francesca her husband and her newborn baby twins journey From their delivery until they are ventually allowed to go home The twins were born ten weeks premature and had to fight for survival She tells us about the relationships she forms in the special baby care unit I have never had twins but I have had two of my babies in the new natal ward Mines were full term and that was worry Alter Ego enough I can t imagine the worry and stress it must have took hoping and praying that your twin baby daughters survive This is a beautifully written bookI would like to thank NetGalley Random House UK Vintage Publishing and the author Francesca Segal for my ARC inxchange for an honest review Our greatest gifts This is Francesca Segal s beautifully written and very touching account of her xperience of having premature twin baby girls born ten weeks arly When she first sees them They are the furthest from me and the furthest from one another that that have Uncommon Wisdom ever been I do not recognise them They are otherworldly in their strangeness and oceanic in their beauty They are half beings in the half light and in an instant my heart shatters and I become half a mother twice And when Francesca finally gets to hold them while I am holding one the other is without me How vividly I remember this bittersweet feeling Mother Ship is a personal story for me having undergone a similarxperience some years ago and my Unseen City empathy was fullyngaged throughout I thank my lucky stars that I didn t have to Art endure uite so many difficulties as this brave family Huge plot spoiler do not read unless you want to know the outcomeThe tiny babies are termed A lette and B lette for most of the book until such time as Francesca and her husband Gabe felt securenough to give them their names and we leave them as they depart for home The author pays huge tribute to the medical care and nursing from the NHS and also to the group of new mothers who bond in the NICU s milking shed I must admit I m a complete sucker for a happy God Is in the Crowd ending and I wept bucket Just under 5 starts but still really really good I was drawn to the story from the very beginning and basically binge read the book Brilliantly touching and honest read for people without children and I guess parents too I am grateful to netgalley for this copy which I was given inxchange for an honest reviewMother Ship by Francesca Segal 2019In an Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard early October day British author Francesca Segal 30 weeks pregnant started bleeding As denial kicked in Segal convinced herself it was going to be ok not realising she was about to give birth far tooarly to identical twin girls Twin A and twin BThis moving memoir on prematurity the complicated journey parents go through in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU spoke to me on many levels There have been premature babies in my family friendship circle I m also aware through my work of the long term complications prematurity may lead to The Matriarchs (The Family especiallyxtreme prematurity This is a tough beginning to parenthood that hasn t been given Notes for the Everlost enough attentionThis is a welcome addition to the parenthood literaturexploring a corner of the When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) experience left in the dark Segal describes the alienating distance between mother babies when they re placed in incubators with tubes machines ‘Heart wrenching heart warming and heartfelt – Mother Ship is a beautifully crafted warts and all love letter to our wonderful NHS’ Adam Kay author of This is Going to Hurt ‘Our greatest gift to one another is thisach woman here has been swept out by a riptide pulled far from the current of normal motherhood Apart and all together in this space our odd craft we are drawn back into.

Ll around They are the furthest from me and the furthest from one another that they have No Biggy! ever been I do not recognise them They are otherworldly in their strangeness and oceanic in their beauty They are half beings in the half light and in an instant my heart shatters and I become half a mother twice How to become a parent with such a rocky start Mother Ship which just came out in paperback tracks Segal s journey in the hospital those first weeks It s also a story of solidarity community The friendships with parents staff in the NICU are beautifully brought to life No one can do this aloneSegal dedicates this book to the NHS for the compassion generosity fundamental values she found there It s no mean feat to manage compassion generosity with the ongoing attacks to the welfare state in the UK but in the NHS these ualities remain This is worth remembering when themphasis nowadays is on the NHS s shortcomings flaws I have not had one baby never mind twins like this author and then add in that both are very premature and you have the premise of this amazing book How Ms Segal found the strength or the time to document the journey she takes with her husband and her premature daughters astonishes me But she doesn t just document the journey she takes you along with her It is beautifully writtenThe author is unselfish in her descriptions of the care she and her daughters receive from NHS staff and in her support and caring with and for other mothers who bond in the NICU The descriptions are heart breaking at times and at other times uite wonderful She certainly had a roller coaster ride lasting months Her husband has to put his normal life on hold and he too is part of the Crush It! emotional highs and lows as the new little family come to terms with not actually being a family yet and not being able to share their babies with relatives Thexhausting ride of NICU is precisely this peril and reprieve within hours of one another I don t know how the staff aren t all stark raving mad with it Who takes care of these caregivers What support is there for them in their indefatigable support of usAn Attracting Birds to Your Backyard excellent honest book and I am very glad Ms Segal wrote it It gives an insight into a world I will neverxperience and makes me Deep Listening even grateful for our NHSI was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in return for an honest review I m a big fan of Segal s novelsspecially The Innocents one of the loveliest debut novels of the last decade so I was delighted to hear she was coming out with a health themed memoir about giving birth to premature twins Mother Ship is a visceral diary of the first Bird-by-Bird Gardening eight weeks in the lives of her daughters who were born by Caesarean section at 29 weeks in October 2015 and spent the next two months in the NICU anxtremely well funded prison or perhaps accurately a hig Once I knew that I was pregnant I was overwhelmed with thoughts of those The Works of Saint Augustine early days with my baby only briefly letting dark thoughts of what ifs into my mind before dismissing them because those things only happen to other people For some mothers those dark thoughts become a reality when things go terribly wrong This is the author s personal journey when that happens to her her husband and their newly born premature twin girlsWritten from the heart this is. The folds of the unremarkable’After her identical twin girls were born ten weeks prematurely Francesca Segal finds herself sitting vigil in the ‘mother ship’ of neonatal intensive care all romanticxpectations of new parenthood obliterated Her gripping diary of those months combines the tenderness of a love poem with the compulsive pace of a thriller As ach day brings a fresh challen.

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Winner of the 2012 Costa Prize for First FictionWinner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for FictionWinner of the 2013 Sami Rohr PrizeWinner of the 2013 Premio Letterario Edoardo Kihlgren Opera Prima in MilanWinner of the 2013 Harold U Ribalow PrizeLong listed for the 2013 Women's Prize for FictionFrancesca Segal is an award winning writer and journalist Her work has appeared in Granta th