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The Premature Baby Book: A Parents Guide to Coping and Caring in the First Years Paperback – July 15, 1983
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"I am impressed...just the kind of thing that is so badly needed...strikes just the right note with the balance of information and the experiences of parents." --Martin P.M. Richards, Ph.D., psychologist, Child Care Development Group, University of Cambridge, England
"Helen Harrison and Ann Kositsky have done a monumental job in producing this book, which so sentively integrates the facts and feelings accompanying premature birth." --from the Foreward by Roberta A. Ballard, M.D., Chief, Department of Pediatrics and Director, Newborn Services, Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California
"While my daughter was in the nursery, I read and reread the medical sections pertaining to her condition. The information was a great help and a comfort to me. At last, a 'Doctor Spock' for parents of preamature babies!" --Jo Eckerly, mother of a premie
"I learned a lot from reading The Premature Baby Book, especially about respitory distress syndrome (RDS) and about follow-up of premautres--information that still pertains to my three-year[-old prematurely born son." --Juliene Lipson, R.N., Ph.D. and mother of a premie
"Reading the experiences of others helped me cope with the strict bed rest, the medications and disappointment I felt as missing the perfect pregnancy and birth I'd hoped for. It would have taken hours of discussion with my OB and a neonatologist to impart the wealth of detailed knowledge I gained from The Premature Baby Book." --Alexandra Escher, mother of two premature babies
About the Author
Ann Kositsky, R.N., also of Berkeley, has worked, for over ten years as a neonatal intensive care nurse.
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Note that my daughter, Laurel, did notsurvive. After 24 days of making steady improvement, Laurel contractedNEC and rapidly deteriorated. Laurel's identical twin sister, Caitlin,is now 2 1/2 years old and is both health and happy. However, in manyways my mind and feelings still live the trauma of my children beingmicro-preemies. In Laurel's memory I wrote a booklet (distributed forfree) just for parents of micro-preemies. The booklet is not intendedto replace the book length treatment of the issues addressed in ThePremature Baby Book, rather the booklet is designed to give parentssome basic information pending the arrival of their Amazon order...that you have the need to order The Premature Baby Book. You and yourfamily will be in my thoughts.
My son was born prematurely but I didn't find this book until months after he was released from NICU. The moment I got it I absorbed everything I could and wished I'd had it when my son was still in NICU. It answers questions that doctors tend to dance around. The author is a very nice woman -- I've talked with her online in preemie support groups and I understand she is working on an updated version.
The stories of various "outcomes" of preemies was especially moving for me. If you know someone who has a child in NICU or who recently had a preemie, this is an excellent book to recommend. I think every NICU should have a copy to loan to parents.