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ISBN-13: 978-0275989064
ISBN-10: 0275989062
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• Therapeutic steps including self-talk, reality rules and touch therapy

• Recognizing and coping with negative feelings

• Bonding

• Accepting this baby is different

• Dealing with going home alone

• Being the baby's best advocate



"Psychotherapist McDermott-Perez describes steps parents can take at every stage of the preemie experience, including preparing for the possibility a birth will be pre-term, coping strategies for immediately after the birth, understanding the needs of the unfinished baby, dealing with the unexpected such as jealousy and going home alone, bonding, advocacy, taking the needs of others into consideration, self-empowerment, anxiety and the focus on the future, inspiration and hope, the role of the father, and what to do when all concerned are at the breaking point."

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"Preemie Parents: Recovering From Baby's Premature Birth is clearly written with parents in mind. McDermott-Perez….notes that there are many medical texts with helpful information about premature infants, but these books do not address the emotial issues that parents face. She presents useful factual information, offers advice, and brings in the perspectives of medical professionals and of other parents….Her approach is refreshingly direct….Family members, friends, and medical professionals all have an interest in furthering the psychological well-being of parents going through the often-challenging experience of parenting a premature infant. This book should help in that effort….It deserves a wide audience."

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"I was an obstetrical nurse for 12 years and I learned more about newborn parenting from this book than any experience I had on the job. The author expertly interweaves use of psychotherapeutic techniques useful throughout life, not just in crises situations. This book is a must read for anyone involved in the care and nurturing of a preterm infant. I would also recommend this book as an optional text for any nursing student considering a career in neonatal nursing." (Susan Hegarty, Nurse Educator, Professor Emeritus, Prairie State College)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275989062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275989064
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Grier, RN, MS, CCRN on June 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a professor of nursing and the parent of a preemie, I was very impressed with this comprehensive book. Lisa McDermott-Perez has done a wonderful job looking at life with a preemie in a holistic manner. From the frightening journey leading up to the birth through the days/weeks/months in the ICU nursery, she captured the experiences that all parents of preemies face. She never sugar-coated the tremendous toll that birth of an at-risk infant takes on parents, siblings, extended family members, and health care providers. I would strongly recommend this book for parents of preemies as well as graduate nursing students and medical students who want to provide comprehensive care to families experiencing this time of crisis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Wiedower on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After having a 24 weeker, I found this book to be very helpful in dealing with my emotions. It goes over mourning the loss of your pregnancy and really validates your feelings. The end kind of lags and gets repetitive but overall is just what I needed to get through the first tough weeks in the NICU.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tarae701 on April 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't normally write reviews....however, I thought other preemie parents would want to know this. While the book was different from some of the others out there with respect to dealing with the emotional aspects of parenting a preemie, some of the advice was unrealistic. While many of the suggestions for dealing with anxiety after baby comes home were good, suggestions such as going to a mall or visiting a friend are unrealistic for many preemies who are still quarantined due to cold/flu/rsv season. While the advice to get out of the house is understandable (i.e. in the fresh air), I'm not sure the author is being realistic about day to day living with a preemie. However, most of the suggestions made were helpful and appropriate. I was simply annoyed by yet another person who "doesn't get it", particularly in light of the book's target audience.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to dwell way too much on the negative aspects of premature birth. Especially the 'loss of pregnancy'. As a grandmother of a preemie and also as a mother that had two miscarriages, I feel a more positive outlook is needed to cope. If the losses are dwelt upon, you can't be the parent you need to be for your preemie. I know the pregnancy didn't turn out as you had dreamed, but very few things in life do. The new challenge of parenting a preemie can be very rewarding too. You appreciate every little milestone.
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