Our Only Time: Stories of Pregnancy/Infant Loss with Strategies for Health Professionals 1st Edition
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"Our Only Time is a love letter to health professionals who work
with parents whose babies have died. Written and edited by a mother
who herself received quality bereavement care, this book doesn't
tell caregivers what to do, but rather, provides insight and modeling
largely in the form of powerful narratives written by bereaved parents
who were deeply touched by the kind words, small gestures, and
caring intentions of their caregivers. Each story imparts a lesson on
what grieving parents find comforting, meaningful, and beneficial.
For midwives, nurses, physicians, technicians, counselors, therapists,
chaplains, and social workers, this heartfelt book offers clarity and
inspiration for offering the care that parents crave; care that fosters
their coping, adjustment, and transformational healing."
--DEBORAH L. DAVIS, PhD
Developmental Psychologist & Writer
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby
"Patient and family narratives are powerful teaching tools, and in
her book, Our Only Time, Amie Lands provides us with an invaluable
resource. In this collection of narratives and guidance for medical
caregivers, she teaches us how to be better for our patients. Through
their own words, we gain an extraordinary view into patients' lives
and experiences. The honesty of these families and their willingness
to share the most intimate, raw, painful, joyful, and sacred moments of
their lives is humbling, and it is important that we honor them and hear
them. As medical providers, realizing the impact that we have on
families can be an immense burden, and recognizing this, Amie Lands
uses her experience and the knowledge and experience of others to
provide us with guidance. Our Only Time is a gift for medical caregivers
and their patients."
--CHRISTINE E BISHOP, MD, MA
Neonatologist, Medical Director of Neonatal/Perinatal Palliative Care
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Brenner Children's Hospital
"Our Only Time is a powerful and important book that resonates
with the voices of women for women and their families, voices spoken
in requests to their health care providers. Amie Lands' work continues
to contribute to our understanding of pregnancy and infant loss, and
to assist caring others help us integrate our losses into our lives in
--DEBORAH DAVIDSON, PhD, Associate Professor, editor and
contributing author of The Tattoo Project: Commemorative Tattoos, Visual
Culture, and the Digital Archive
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The second part was full of information for the care provider and or medical professional. This book is a mini training for those who don't normally work with parents who may be experiencing a fetal demise or a NICU death. It's extremely important to know how to take care of families when they are going through this tough time.