- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738213934
- ISBN-13: 978-0738213934
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Preemie Primer: A Complete Guide for Parents of Premature Babies-from Birth through the Toddler Years and Beyond Paperback – June 29, 2010
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“As a pediatrician who cares for children with complex medical conditions, many of whom were born very prematurely, I recommend The Preemie Primer as a must-read for families of preemies. Caring for these fragile infants and children requires a partnership with parents and joint clinical decision making, a partnership that will be strengthened when parents read this book. The personal feelings that Dr Gunter shares will also help parents to trust their own common sense and deal with the stress and anxiety of raising a preemie.”
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Dr. Gunter breaks down complex medical research and translates medical language in an easy-to-read format for tired, emotionally fragile parents. The Preemie Primer provides parents with plenty of information to take home with them from the hospital covering everything from growth and nutrition to infections. The Mind-Body Connection section, an area often missing from medical resources, covers the emotional health of both premature babies and their parents and gives an in-depth discussion of medical mindfulness. A section titled "Making the System Work for You", instructs readers in navigating health insurance and assistance programs and managing prescription drugs. Additionally, Dr. Gunter shares the innovative programs and routines she developed for her own boys' care and development.
With her own harrowing experience as an emotional guide and her medical knowledge and connections to provide the content, Dr. Gunter has produced an invaluable resource to parents and caregivers.
Buy Preemie Primer, it is by far the best. I bought Preemie: The Essential Guide for Parents and read it cover to cover while in the hospital. It is good, but not as indepth as Preemie Primer. I highly reccommend Preemie Primer for parents of preemies or anyone that has a preemie in their life. Another preemie mom told me that no one quite understands what it is like to have an extremely early preemie and the things you go through. This books helps you feel not so alone and will give family/friends better knowledge of what the parents are going through.