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The Premature Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One (Sears Parenting Library) Paperback – September 21, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Sears Parenting Library
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316738220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316738224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 12% of all babies born in the U.S. are born prematurely, say Bill and Martha Sears, a husband-and-wife, doctor-and-nurse team of pediatric experts and authors of the Sears Parenting Library (which includes The Pregnancy Book, The Baby Book and other bestselling guides). They co-wrote this book on the essentials of premature births with their two oldest sons, Bob and Jim, who are pediatricians, and the result 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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Customer Reviews

I read this for the 2 weeks while he was in the NICU.
Lauren Leach
This book take the uncertainty out of having a premature baby and answers questions in a very easy to understand manner, the information is provided in a unbiased way.
Halley-comet
I highly recommend this book for any parent who has a preemie.
Angie Padian

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Brown on January 19, 2007
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My beautiful first grandson was born on Thanksgiving Day 2006, 1 day prior to being in the womb for 27 weeks, he weighted 2lbs 2ounces. My daughter-in-law's water broke when she was pregnant for only 25 weeks and she had be in the hospital, laying flat on her back for 2 1/2 weeks. The doctors had us prepared for the worst, however, my grandson who is now 8 weeks old is doing great and so far no major problems. He is still in the hospital but we expect that he will be home soon. The Premature Baby Book was great, I bought a copy for my daughter-in-law at a well known bookstore, but was unable to find a copy for me so I went on line and found it at AMAZON. This book answered all of the questions that we had while traveling this journey of having a premature infant in your life from infections to how to deal with nurses you are not sure that they have your childs best interest when taking care of them along with what to expect of your baby. I highly recommend the book because it sure gave us alot of peace. Since my children were full term babies, I am learning so much and having the pleasure of seeing our precious preemie thrive outside the womb and is doing so well. We are blessed that he is in a great hospital with wonderful staff and the book serves as a great guide and is very informative. If you or anyone you know has a premature baby, by all means give them this book, you will give them a peace of mind to know that almost all of their questions are answered in this book.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Alsabbagh on December 20, 2005
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After reading many reviews, I finally ordered 3 books about premature babies. This book was definetly the BEST. I read through it daily and it answered many questions. I especially recommend it if your baby had no problems and was only in the incubator to grow up.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Mom on February 24, 2005
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This book contained the answers to questions I had while my baby was in the NICU. As a second-time parent, I was especially concerned with attachment issues with my baby that might arise from being hospitalized. This book, written by the attachment-parent gurus helped to alieviate some of my fears as well as give tips for encouraging attachment.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Kleinhans on October 13, 2009
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In all fairness, let me begin by saying this book would be helpful for people who have a premature baby who is in the hospital right NOW (and who has time to run out that first week to get a book? If you are a friend of someone who has had one ... consider purchasing as a gift - that is only way this is useful). As a person who asked the doctors/nurses questions while our son was in NICU/Level II (8wks), I purchased this book towards him comiing home with hopes it would answer questions when home "alone". Afterall, the title claims to tell you EVERYTHING you need to know through year one; this is not even close to being the truth. If all you need to know for the first year is what to expect in the hospital, that you need to look at your child's developement with their corrected age (when they were supposed to be born) and that breast is best at all cost, then I just saved you the money & S/H. They make "scientific" claims that have no backing. If they are backed by actual studies, they do not cite them, and spend quite a bit of their focus bashing other methods of rearing an infant. I consider this a decent manual for hospital - month 1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Frick on September 23, 2007
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This book was very helpful in understanding what was happening with my baby while he was in the hospital and after I brought him home. None of my friends had preemies so they could offer advice because its a little different. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who wants a reference guide or information on premature babies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By naturalmama on June 10, 2014
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When our youngest was born two months early, I read this book (which focuses mainly on the time in the hospital) and The Preemie Parents' Companion (which focuses more on the time after discharge). The combination of these two resources was so helpful for understanding what was happening to our child and how he would develop differently from a full-term baby. This book is pretty comprehensive as far as the different tests, monitors, procedures, etc., but it's done in a way that is educational, not terrifying.

The reason I am giving it four stars instead of five is because everything is presented from the perspective of Attachment Parenting, which is what the Sears family is known for. However, I found some of their suggestions to be unrealistic. For example, they place a strong focus on breasfeeding, which is great, but my preemie never figured out how to breastfeed, and the suggestions they give for maintaining a supply while pumping are a joke. (The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk is much, much better.) Also, they talk a lot about babywearing, but my preemie was prone to apnea spells and tucked his chin for a long time, so I didn't feel safe wearing him until he had better head control. Based on things the neonatologist and nurses said, I know my preemie is not unique in these respects, so I felt a bit left out by some of the suggestions made in this book.

All in all, this book is definitely worth a read and will help you get a better idea of what's going on during your baby's hospital stay. They also give lots of helpful tips for making the stay a little less difficult. If your baby has already gone home, though, or is close to being discharged, then I would suggest skipping this one.
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More About the Author

William Sears, M.D., received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He has practiced as a pediatrician for more than thirty years. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. The Searses are the parents of eight children. Drs. Robert and James Sears are both board-certified pediatricians at the Sears Family Pediatric Practice in San Clemente, California. All four authors live in southern California. More information about the Searses can be found at www.SearsParenting.com and www.AskDrSears.com.

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