Summary

Yamazaki-san's in her thirty-eighth week of pregnancy, but due to a heart condition, she'll require an epidural—a procedure for which hospitals in Japan are neither equipped nor staffed. Unfortunately, just days before she's due to have her baby, she happens to run into a friend who shares some rather insensitive remarks about women who receive pain relief during childbirth. Wracked with insecurity, Yamazaki makes a shocking request on the operating room table: she wants to give birth without an epidural! This volume also features Side A of the story "Long-Term Hospitalization."

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Childbirth isn't an illness, so under normal circumstances, insurance won't cover it. Delivery staff doesn't cure disease or treat injuries, so there's no need for a doctor...unless, of course, circumstances aren't normal. This smash-hit drama gives a look into the lives of the men and women who work to welcome 1,000,000 new lives into the world each year in Japan. Includes four arcs: Doorstep Mother, Threatened Miscarriage, Gonorrhea and On Call.

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Childbirth isn't an illness, so under normal circumstances, insurance won't cover it. Delivery staff doesn't cure disease or treat injuries, so there's no need for a doctor...unless, of course, circumstances aren't normal. This smash-hit drama gives a look into the lives of the men and women who work to welcome 1,000,000 new lives into the world each year in Japan. Includes four arcs: Teen Pregnancy, Anencephaly, Caul Child and Maternal Smoking.

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Volume 3 of the smash-hit medical drama featured in newspapers and magazines and on TV all over Japan! Features four gripping stories: Maternal Smoking, Overseas Delivery, Natural & Ceasarean Births, and Accident & Emergency.

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In “Rubella,” Dr. Sakura Kounotori meets a little girl who has congenital cataracts and a hole in her ventricular septum. The cause? Congenital rubella syndrome, a disease suffered by babies who catch rubella in the womb. Japan’s the only developed country in the world that still has a rubella problem because the rate of inoculation against the disease remains low. This volume also features the story “Domestic Violence” and the conclusion of “Accident & Emergency.”

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“Witnessing Birth” tells the story of a first-time mother who finds herself on the operating table, surrounded by strangers, in the delivery room for their very first time. Can her husband learn to stay by her side through this trying time? This volume also features the stories “Twins” and “Egg Donation.”

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In Ectopic Pregnancy, Dr. Kounotori and his colleagues meet a young woman who’s just tested positive for pregnancy, but her egg has implanted outside of her uterus. Now, her life could be in danger if the staff at Persona Catholic Hospital don’t act quickly! This volume also includes the stories Sexually Transmitted Disease, Cleft Lip and Palate and Nursery.

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The severity of morning sickness varies from one person to the next. It’s said symptoms usually subside between the twelfth and sixteenth week of pregnancy, but to an outside observer, it’s hard to judge just how bad morning sickness really is. This volume features the stories First Trimester, Maternity Blues, From Birth till Discharge, and Residency (Side A).

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Residency tells the story of Goro Akanishi, a young man who’s serving his second year of residency under Dr. Kounotori and his colleagues. He happens upon a pregnant woman who’s just had a heart attack and uses a nearby AED to resuscitate her. She’s rushed to Persona Catholic Hospital hanging on by a thread, but as soon as she arrives, she has another heart attack! There’s only one way to save her life now—and all the staff of Persona work as one to bring her back from the brink! Also includes Influenza and Due Date.

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Yamazaki-san's in her thirty-eighth week of pregnancy, but due to a heart condition, she'll require an epidural—a procedure for which hospitals in Japan are neither equipped nor staffed. Unfortunately, just days before she's due to have her baby, she happens to run into a friend who shares some rather insensitive remarks about women who receive pain relief during childbirth. Wracked with insecurity, Yamazaki makes a shocking request on the operating room table: she wants to give birth without an epidural! This volume also features Side A of the story "Long-Term Hospitalization."

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During pregnancy, a woman's blood volume rises to 1.5 times its normal levels so she can supply her fetus with blood. That means increased blood pressure ... and with it, the potential for complications. And as we learn in the story "Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension," women with high blood pressure, or who have a tendency to gain weight, need to be especially careful. This volume also contains the stories "Allergies" and "Transfer."

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When Emi Kurasaki was a resident, Doctors Shinomiya and Kounotori reluctantly took her under their wing. Now, in the story "Breech Presentation," she joins the maternity ward at Persona Catholic Hospital … and it's not long before the team learns she's just been through a pregnancy of her own. She's ready to hit the ground running … but there are signs of trouble in her home life.

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When Ichikawa-san went in for a routine maternity checkup, she never guessed the diagnosis that awaited her: cervical cancer. That's bad enough…but it calls for a biopsy that carries with it an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm delivery. And if she wants to save herself and the baby she's carrying, she has no choice but to undergo this operation.

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There's a new member of the Persona Catholic Hospital's neonatal intensive care team: Dr. Kudou. He hasn't been practicing for long, but with his extraordinary attention to detail, he's a powerful ally in the NICU's never-ending fight for Persona's littlest patients. There's just one problem: he always speaks his mind...and doesn't pull any punches. It's not long before his fastidious nature begins to grate on his coworkers' nerves...

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The maternity ward at Persona Catholic has a new patient: Akino-san, who's pregnant with her second child. She delivered her first baby by c-section, but her husband's no help at home and she needs to bounce back as fast as possible, so she's hoping to have her second baby without resorting to surgery. Dr. Kounotori wants to respect her wishes and let her try, but Dr. Shinomiya isn't comfortable letting her take that risk...

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The administrators of Persona Catholic Hospital send Dr. Goro to a remote island all alone for short-term residency at a rural hospital. He's a born city boy, but now he's a fish out of water on an island of fishermen. As he finds his bearings, he realizes he's on the verge of a breakthrough as a doctor.

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Dr. Kounotori's newest patient, Shinohara-san, has had two miscarriages before. Now, she faces her third pregnancy with equal parts joy and dread. Soon, she'll be far enough along to determine whether her baby's heart is beating...and all she, her husband, and the staff at the maternity ward can do now is pray.

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On the 38th week of her pregnancy, Kazama’s baby is born with neonatal asphyxia—and on the 26th week of hers, Ide’s child is born extremely premature. They’re admitted into the NICU at the same time, and neonatologist Dr. Shirakawa is assigned to Kazama’s baby. Believing it to be a case of persistent hypertension, Dr. Shirakawa begins treatment anew...but progress is slow, and soon he finds himself hitting a wall.

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Four employees at Persona--Dr. Kurasaki from OB/GYN, Dr. Shimoya from critical care, and midwives Komatsu and Saori--are having a girls' night out together. The topic turns toward endometriosis, a common but painful ailment caused by uterine tissue growing into the rest of the reproductive system. Even more vexing: The best treatment is to give birth, which naturally stops menstruation.

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Shinomiya is back in his countryside home, recently ravaged by a major earthquake. There he finds local hospitals at the breaking point, his old friend's wife pregnant, and someone very important to him suffering terribly. After seeing his home turf stricken by such disaster, Shinomiya returns to Persona...where he finally makes a life-changing decision.

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All things must come to an end--even a crime as cruelly twisted and tangled as this one; even a tragedy that continues to draw more and more people in...and even a soul-crushing life. That night, in a snowy ruin, Aoshi Fujimori makes his move as the devils around him bare their fangs. When the deceiving is done, who will emerge alive? Who is trusted, who is betrayed...and who will be the one that kills me?

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