The Miracle of Life is Not a Cliche

I was reading some of today’s business news at and came across an amazing essay titled, An Unexpected Birth Upends a Doctor’s Day by Benjamin Brewer, M.D. It will probably appear in tomorrow’s print edition. The essay, about an emergency C-section performed by this regular WSJ columnist, caught me off guard. I’m coming up on my first year as a father and tend to be sensitive to birth stories like this. I’m now convinced that nothing changes your perspective like becoming a parent. At least for the moment, this essay puts things in perspective. When I hear about premature babies, I often think about the costs. At Horst Engineering, our medical insurance carriers, advisors, and agents frequently point out that one of the highest cost situations that will drive a negative experience rating, is a premature baby. The cost of neo-natal intensive care is astronomical. For someone, charged with leading a business and providing quality health care benefits for workers, the mere thought of having to take on a hit like that, is scary. Some people would say, “that’s why you buy the insurance.” However, at today’s costs, insurance is a huge expense for a small business. It is no secret that I am a huge advocate of preventive care and self responsibility when it comes to nutrition/diet, exercise, and stress management. Dr. Brewer’s story illustrates that in some circumstances, the medical system is crucial to life. In the case of his two recent patients (both mother and child), this couldn’t be more true.

1 Response to “The Miracle of Life is Not a Cliche”

  1. 1 smilingchaos 13 August 2007 at 10:58 pm

    This is touching.. And Everything is pretty exopensive now days, and with premature babies, there could be the cost and they might lose the baby still so emotional const with premature children is high for everyone involved


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