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Susan L. Madden holds a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. The mother of three, including a son born prematurely, she lives with her husband and children in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 1st edition (August 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558321357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558321359
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Our son was born at 26 weeks (3 months early) and was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) until one day past his due date. We were given this book after he'd been there one month. Let me tell you what a life-saver it was! We had been given a "crash course" in the care delivered to a premature infant... very scary stuff. Wires, machines, noise, drugs -- and in the middle of it all this unbelievably tiny human being who is your child. This book took much of the fear away and instead educated us. Preemies don't stop being preemies when they come home! This book gives the technical data in an easy to understand format that is not condescending and also focuses on the emotional as well as physical needs of the baby. Additionally, it gives contacts and information on potential problems, how to spot them early, and how to handle them. There is also a good referal list in the back. I would recommend this book not only to preemie parents, but to anyone in contact with a preemie and their family. PS. As of this writing, our son is one year old and doing great!
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There are numerous books written for parents of babies born at the normal and expected time, on or around the due date. Parents-to-be start reading about what life with a new baby will be like long before that anticipated date. But imagine never going through the last trimester, suddenly and unexpectedly giving birth months too early, having a newborn who weighs about one third the weight of many "normal" newborns. Susan Madden weaves her own personal account of such an experience and from the beginning chapter, "First Questions", her writing speaks directly to the parents who find themselves in this frightening situation. Her book is extremely well researched and the information is clearly communicated to the reader. The writer conveys empathy and compassion for the parents who are in such a predicament; she addresses common concerns of the first few days in the hospital, coming home with the preemie, and what to expect as the child grows. It is almost as if there were a reassuring, yet very knowledgeable friend trying to coach you through a difficult time. The way the book is organized makes it an excellent reference. Each chapter is divided into short and manageable sections. You can scan the pages to quickly locate the part that is most relevant to you at any point in time. There is also an excellent index, as well as a set of appendices and a glossary of terms. If you need real support- to feel that someone else understands and can address your myriad concerns - you will be reassured and heartened by reading her informative book.
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Format: Paperback
I am both a physician and a mother of a son who arrived 11 weeks early. This book has helped in every facet of my premature parenthood from breastfeeding (or, in my case, my ongoing attempts) to just feeling I was not the only preemie parent out there. In addition, the explanations of the various medical problems premature babies may face are excellent. Truly, a book that every premature parent would benefit from having.
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After our daughter's premature birth at 26 gestational weeks I purchased three books on the subject and read the materials available in the parents' room at the NICU. I found this to be the handiest reference for a number of reasons. First, it provides general information on common preemie conditions and care without delving into too much detail. There is enough information to give you a foundation to discuss your child's condition with care providers. Second, it offers useful information for the transition to caring for your premature child at home. Specifically, the book includes sample questions, checklists and diaries, which I used as a template for my own checklists and care/medicine logs. Finally, the tone and style of this book help parents keep things in perspective without adding anxiety to an already challenging experience.
If you buy this book at the beginning of your child's stay in the NIC, you will be able to make full use of the information it contains.
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When our preemie was born, I read The Premature Baby Book (which focuses primarily on the hospital stay) and this book (which focuses more on the time after discharge). The combination of these two books was so incredibly helpful for understanding what was happening to our baby and what to expect as he continues to grow.

What I liked most about this book was the positive tone. The author shared lots of information without making it scary, and I could tell that she had been where I was and felt the way I was feeling. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it presented information only from the perspective of formula feeding (and I don't have a problem with formula feeding!), which left out a lot of the trials and experiences that I was going through trying to pump and figure out how to breastfeed a baby that didn't have his reflexes coordinated.

Other than that, I think this is an excellent book for NICU parents, especially if you are nearing the end of your hospital stay or have just come home.
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By Chris on January 31, 2013
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I bought this book after my twins were born 4 months early. While I work in the medical field it is not around babies and when you are going through the ups and downs you have constant brain farts. This book is easy to understand medical background or not and a valuable resource I recommend this to all friends who have preemies .
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