guest review by Matthew Noe @noethematt Jenny Jaeckel’s Spot 12 is a gripping, emotional memoir of a family’s five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after a routine prenatal exam – basically, every soon-to-be mother’s worst nightmare. Illustrated in an anthropomorphic style a la Maus (though with an appropriately softened approach), we are thrust immediately into Jenny’s physical and psychological battle of life with a daughter, Asa, born with tracheosophageal fistula (TEF). If I were forced to stop a review short, I would end here by thanking Jenny for her openness and raw honesty; I don’t think I would have the strength of heart to share… Read More
Spot 12: The Story of a Birth
This is a very unique book indeed. In stark black & white drawings, with varied panel layout and employing unique but resonant animal avatars, Jaeckel tells the story of her daughter Asa’s premature birth and confinement to a neonatal intensive care unit. As a neonatal care nurse I introduced to the text said, every health care provider working in this area would benefit from reading this wonderful book. And the rest of us as well! Good Reads review here.