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Caring for Your Premature Baby Paperback – September 23, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062736205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062736208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Parents of the approximately 11 percent of babies born prematurely (prior to 37 weeks gestation) will find this title a highly valuable resource guide, offering detailed medical information and emotional support. Authors Alan H. Klein, M.D., and Jill Alison Ganon, who deem prematurity "a different beginning," combine the experience of Klein's 25 years as a pediatrician and neonatologist with the assuring point of view of parents who have been there.

Having a baby early births a host of medical complications, such as respiratory, vision, and hearing problems. Parents of premature infants are often plunged unprepared into the mysterious world of medical acronyms, for example: NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit); RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome); CLD (chronic lung disease); and ROP (retinopathy of prematurity). In chapters focusing on respiratory, neurological, and nutritional needs, as well as vision and hearing problems, Klein and Ganon describe medical conditions, treatments, and options so parents can make the best decisions. Chapters on changing expectations, parenting a child in the neonatal unit, and taking baby home balance the medical with the emotional issues of parenting a premature child. "Pessimism serves no purpose whatsoever," writes Klein. Indeed, the true-life stories and photographs of premature infants developing into healthy, rounded babies and children offer an overwhelming sense of hope and encouragement. --Ericka Lutz

About the Author

Dr. Alan Klein is a pediatrician and neonatologist who has been caring for premature and high-risk infants for nearly twenty-five years. He is a member of the clinical faculty of the highly regarded Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was also the medical director of a pediatric home health care company.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book offers a comprehensive guide for the complexities facing parents' of premature infants. It is a marvelously optimistic and understanding presentation of the challenges and opportunities for surmounting them written for families' experiencing the birth and care of premature infants. Active participation of parents' in the often unfamiliar setting of the intensive care nursery is guided and encouraged by the authors, one of whom has specialized in the care of premature infants for more than 25 years. Strategies for coping with this emotional and complex life event are discussed with a rare combination of empathy and medically accurate detail. Ways in which parents and families can be advocates for their infants both in the nursery and later at home are presented by mothers and fathers, in their own words, who have cared for their own premature babies. Sources of support for parents are recounted by the authors and within these parents' stories. I highly recommend this book to families seeking reassurance and accessible knowledge about the changes and adjustments accompanying premature birth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Art Stevens on August 8, 2000
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While this book was at times difficult to read, it was very informative and helped fill in the gaps between our daily talks with the NICU pediatricians. It's suited for both the parents of preemies (34 weeks or less) or pre-term babies (34-36 weeks); there is a chapter dedicated to the latter, and much of the material is applicable to both. Hopefully you'll never have a need for this book, but if you do it's a good one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
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If nothing else, the dedication by the authors should be a major clue that this isn't the cookie cutter process exploiting a sensitive subject. Clear, crisp and accessable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
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As a mom on bedrest for preterm labor, this book helped me to be more emotionally prepared and more medically informed for what lies ahead. That knowledge has to be beneficial to the baby! I appreciated the frankness of the possibilities, and "the odds" that this or that complication may occur. I'm sure that it would also be very helpful for parents without prior knowledge of a preterm delivery, as that is more of the point of view in which the book is written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Maynard on November 9, 2001
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As the mom of 29 week twins, this book filled in the gaps when the NICU staff didn't have the time (or if I wasn't ready to hear all the details). It allowed us the time to read the details and think of our questions before approaching our nurses. We knew in advance that our twins would be early and we skimmed the book to get a handle of what might be to come. It was frightening but prepared us for what we were to experience and it was realistic (difficult to read in some sections but true to life). This is not a book for those expecting a pre-term infant (or I advise you only to read the chapters aiming at this gestational age). It is aimed at those with quite premature babies. Our boys ran the gamut of what was described here - some were only scares (thankfully) but others crashed into our lives including a diagnoses at 6 mths of age of cerebral palsy. This is the realities of prematurity and you need to be prepared that this might happen to your child when making decisions for them.
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