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Premature Babies Bookshelf

Welcome to StorkNet's Premature Babies Bookshelf. We've chosen the best books based on visitor input and our own reviews on parenting and caring for your preemies Don't forget to visit StorkNet's NICU Cubby for more information.

Caring for Your Premature Baby: A Complete Resource for Parents
by Alan H. Klein and Jill Alison Ganon; Paperback, 252 pages, published by Harper Reference, October 1998

Synopsis: Caring for Your Premature Baby is a comprehensive and reassuring look at everything from state of the art medical information, to the incredible importance of a parent's loving touch. It shows parents how to work with the healthcare team in providing their baby with the very best care. The book guides parents step by step through: Coping with the complex emotions that often accompany an early birth; How to be an active participant in caring for your baby in the neonatal unit; Understanding medical complications and the range of possible treatments; Preparing for that wonderful day when you take your baby home; Working with health insurance providers and managing the ongoing care that your baby may need; Plus, roundtable discussions among the authors and parents of premature babies.

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Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant
by Susan Ludington-Hoe; paperback - 244 pages, published by Bantam

Synopsis: From an internationally-known expert in child health, here is a dramatically new approach to caring for premature babies--and a wonderful new role for parents. Filled with information about the special needs of fragile newborns and illustrated with step-by-step photos.

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Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey
by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. and Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D; paperback - 928 pages, published May 2004 by Fulcrum Publishing

Synopsis: While each family's journey is unique, all parents of premature babies encounter many of the same hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, struggles, and triumphs. In addition to the authoritative, in-depth text written by the authors, readers will appreciate the extensive collection of stories and testimonials from parents who share their emotional journeys. No other book will so thoroughly and sensitively guide parents along the path of parenting a premature baby and child.

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Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies
by Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, and Mia Wechsler Doron M.D.; paperback, 512 pages, published August 2000 by Pocket Books

Synopsis:Preemies is the only resource of its kind -- a comprehensive "Dr. Spock"-like reference that is both reassuring and realistic, delivering up-to-the-minute information on medical care in a warm, caring, and engaging voice. Authors Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli are parents who have "been there." Together with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, they answer the dozens of questions that parents will have at every stage -- from high-risk pregnancy through preemie's hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years -- imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand.

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The Premature Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One
by William Sears, MD; Robert Sears, MD; James Sears, MD and Martha Sears RN; paperback - 256 pages, published September 2004 by Little, Brown and Company

Synopsis: Written by Dr. Sears, his wife and his two oldest sons who are pediatricians, this book is a comprehensive, authoritative guide to understanding why babies are born prematurely, what the ramifications of such births are and what parents can do about it. The authors address parenting a preemie in the hospital and parenting a preemie at home, all the while providing an astute combination of statistics, Q&As and first-person notes from "Dr. Bob." Employing an honest but reassuring tone, the Sears family addresses all manner of medical questions, as well as parents' frustrations and feelings of helplessness.

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What to Do When Your Baby is Premature
by Joseph A. Garcia-Prats, M.D. and Sharon Simmons Hornfischer, R.N., B.S.N., Paperback - 384 pages, published November 2000, by Times Books

Synopsis:You'll find all the answers you need in this comprehensive guide for parents, the first book to fully discuss both coping with high-risk pregnancy and caring for your premature baby. Topics include: Managing the High-Risk Pregnancy: Stalling preterm labor, coping with bed rest, medications to help the baby The First Twenty-four Hours after Delivery: What to expect right after the baby's born, coping with insurance, and more.
Read our book review by JenT

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Your Premature Baby and Child: Helpful Answers and Advice for Parents
by Amy E. Tracy and Dianne I. Maroney; Paperback - 400 pages, published September 1999 by Berkley Pub Group

Synopsis: The only comprehensive guide for the parents of "preemies"-from homecoming to the school years. Every day new progress is being made in the care of babies born prematurely, helping them grow up as strong and healthier than ever imagined. But raising "preemies" often places special demands on parents whose little ones seem-especially in those early weeks and months-as fragile as they are precious. This illustrated guide, written by mothers of preemies and medical experts, can help. With guidance on such wide ranging topics as bringing the baby home to medical issues to doctor visits to starting school-plus tips on dealing with the emotional and family stress of parenting a preemie-this book provides the answers needed to optimize that special baby's development.

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