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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for parents and professionals, September 5, 2008
This review is from: The NICU Rollercoaster: How to Set Up and Use an Online Blog to Help Survive the Ups, Downs, Agonies, and Joys of Your Baby's Stay (Paperback)
This book is written by the parents of twins born at 25 weeks. It is a compilation of their blog on CarePages and useful information on what the babies and parents can expect to encounter during their NICU stay. Nicole and Ed were surprised when their generally healthy pregnancy turned into an emergency situation at 25 weeks gestation. They were not prepared for what was to follow - having 25 week twins in the NICU - one for 104 days and the other for 160 days. Their book is their story, but it is also a guide for other parents on what to expect - from apnea and bradycardia, to NEC and jaundice, and to the emotional ups and downs of having discharge dates set and then quickly taken away. Nicole and Ed write openly and frankly about the emotional and physical tolls of caring for babies born so prematurely. This book is written in simple everyday terms to help parents learn the NICU "lingo". I have worked with former preemies and worked in the NICU setting so I have a fair bit of knowledge about what happens there. This book not only explained common preemie issues in a coherent and competent manner, it also gave a parents perspective and helped me to understand the NICU environment more fully. In my opinion, this is a book that would not only benefit the family members of children currently in the NICU, but also parents of former preemies to know that there are others going through the same thing, as well as health care providers and community members who care for preemies throughout their childhood.
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