Memoir / Childbirth

This is Not How Childbirth is Supposed To Go

January 22, 2013
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Indie author Sola Olu

Premature birth remains the number-one killer of newborns in the United States. In fact, with about one in eight pregnancies resulting in premature birth each year, the U.S. has one of the worst records in the world, and certainly among developed nations.

The statistics are not only appalling, but surprising, and many parents are shocked, frightened and confused as they attempt to navigate the world of the neonatal intensive care unit.

Now comes a powerful and inspiring story about one woman’s experience with prematurity. Sola Olu‘s book, “The Summer Called Angel,” a memoir, began as Sola’s journal entries. It is a moving and detailed account of her thoughts and feelings at each step of her journey.

“The Summer Called Angel” is a powerful tribute to parental love in the face of unexpected challenges.

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The Indie Author Life

Sola Olu is a native of Nigeria, who worked for British Airways and visited the United States several times on vacation before eventually moving here after her marriage to her Illinois-based Nigerian husband.

In an essay published at, Sola wrote:

I come from a “touchy-feely” nation; we give hugs and embraces to anyone we meet, be it the first time, the second time, or after several meetings. We sit in any open space we see anywhere. Here I had to learn to understand what was acceptable in the workplace and what wasn’t; I had to learn not to touch people when I spoke to them and to respect and give personal space.

According to Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, the U.S. in 2010 ranked #50 in the world for rate of premature births, while Nigeria ranked #54.

See the report here.

And see the book trailer for “The Summer Called Angel”:

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