Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU was published on October 7th, 2016, simultaneously with a Spanish-language version for the US market (Cunero 12: Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales). This unique graphic memoir is about a mother whose newborn spends five months in the NICU, written and illustrated by Jenny Jaeckel. It is a moving, raw and honest look at hospital- and crisis-induced PTSD and the effect of an extended medical stay on a family.
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Spot 12 Description
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.
Cunero 12 ~ Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales ~ Español
Un día frío de invierno, una bebé nació con graves complicaciones, y una familia se lanzo a un territorio extraño. Es una jornada por el laberinto de los pasillos de hospital y los oscuros rincones del alma, hasta los bordes vulnerables de la esperanza. Jenny Jaeckel ha creado una novela gráfica evocadora, graciosa, y profundamente personal.
Spot 12 ~ Awards
Spot 12 was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indies Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category. Spot 12 was named finalist in the Graphic Novel category in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and the 2016 Best Book Awards.
Spot 12 ~ Advance Praise
“A memorable and beautifully executed memoir of a newborn’s difficult first months.”
The journal Advances in Neonatal Care called it “very impressive,” and said that parents “will find comfort in how the author expresses their pain.”