Against Doctor’s Orders

Written by Ali Weinberg Barton

In 2012, after multiple failed in vitro fertilization cycles, Ali Weinberg Barton finally becomes pregnant. However, early in the pregnancy she experiences troubling symptoms. Finally, at 21 weeks, she is taken by ambulance to a major Boston hospital where she is told she’s in acute heart failure.

Early in her hospitalization, a team of cardiologists and OB/GYN physicians from one of Boston’s most reputable hospitals give Ali a choice: Abort the pregnancy, or both she and her son will likely die. Against the counsel of her doctors and her family, Ali refuses to end the pregnancy she and her husband had tried so hard to achieve.

Ali’s memoir chronicles a story of hope, heartbreak and eventual survival against long odds for her son Ethan and herself. She shares the details of her life-threatening journey through a pregnancy and heart transplant.

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