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Preemies - Second Edition: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies [Paperback]

Dana Wechsler Linden , Emma Trenti Paroli , Mia Wechsler Doron M.D.
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Book Description

Nov. 9 2010
The comprehensive “Dr. Spock”-like reference that is both reassuring and realistic—now updated to reflect the many advances in neonatology.

P reemies, Second Edition is the only parents’ reference resource of its kind—delivering up-to-the-minute information on medical care in a warm, caring, and engaging voice. Authors Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli are parents who have “been there.” Together with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, they answer the dozens of questions that parents will have at every stage—from high-risk pregnancy through preemie hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years—imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand.

Preemies, Second Edition covers topics related to premature birth, including:

What are your risk factors for having a premature baby?

Can you do something to delay early labor?

What do doctors know about you baby’s outlook during her first minutes and days of life?

How will your preemie’s progress be monitored?

How do you cope with a long hospitalization?

Are there special preparations for you baby’s homecoming?

What kind of stimulation during the first year gives your baby the best chance?

Will your preemie grow up healthy? Normal?

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From Publishers Weekly

Linden and Paroli, mothers who met in the hospital when their preemies were born, and neonatologist Doron present a comprehensive guidebook for parents whose babies are born prematurely. One out of 10 babies in the U.S. is born early, but in half of these cases the mothers have no known risk of giving birth prematurely, so they can't prepare for the whirlwind of unexpected events and emotions they will experience in the neonatal unit. The authors fulfill the need for information with remarkable clarity, offering answers to a multitude of questions. Divided into four sections (Before Birth, In the Hospital, A Life Together and Other Considerations), the book covers risk factors, the first day, the first week, surgery, taking the baby home and many other topics. Each section contains personal observations from parents of preemies, insightful comments from "the doctor's perspective" and information on procedures, equipment, common problems and other issues. While medical information is presented in detail, the book maintains a personal, reassuring tone, explaining that, though their organs and body functions are immature, most preemies are basically healthy. Since parents can't always plan ahead for the possibility of a preemie, this book provides a valuable crash course and serves as a useful tool for communicating with medical staff. Includes a helpful resource guide and glossary. (Aug.)
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From Library Journal

Although one out of ten children born in this country is born prematurely, until now there has never been an authoritative, practical, and encouraging reference tool for their parents. This book is just that, a work in the "Dr. Spock" genre that will prove to be a bible for parents of "preemies." Linden and Emma Paroli, who each have children born prematurely, have joined forces with Mia Weschler Doron, a physician whose specialty is neonatology, to produce the book they wish had been available to them when they needed it. The authors cover myriad issues, ranging from a discussion of risk factors for prematurity, through possible and probable problems in the newborn's life and early years, to long-term prognoses. They do this primarily in a question-and-answer format, with lots of accompanying information. Their book should handsomely meet the needs of families dealing with premature infants and in fact is certain to be a blessing to them. Enthusiastically recommended for all public library collections.DLinda M.G. Katz, Florence A. Moore Lib. of Medicine, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 7 2004
During the five months our son has been in the NICU, this book has been absolutely invaluable. For nearly every ailment or condition preemies face, there is a very comprehensive, easy to understand explaination of treatments and long term impact. The book is organized chronilogically, from the time before birth until preschool and beyond. It is useful both when reading for the first time and as a reference, due to a very complete index. No parent of a NICU baby, especially a long-term NICU baby, should go without this book. If I could give it six stars, I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Time Mom of a 32wk Preemie April 7 2003
I can't say enough about this book! What a help it has been for keeping my sanity and getting me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I was admitted to the hospital with premature labor at 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I stayed there for 3 months before delivering our son at the gestational age of 32 weeks, 4 days. Not knowing when I was actually going to deliver, this book explained everything one should expect at all stages of a pre-term delivery, beginning from 26 weeks through 34+ weeks. It covers reasons for premature labor and delivery, surgeries and drugs administered for premature labor, surviving bedrest/hospitalization, delivery, EVERYTHING to expect in a NICU, the differences between pre-term and full-term babies, bringing your preemie home, and their development during the chilhood years. Although I was not having twins, etc. myself, the book also includes a lot of great information on multiples. After reading and understanding the types of monitors and machinery my baby may have needed at each stage, I felt much better knowing WHY these things were attached to our son when he was born. My husband and I also took a tour of the NICU at our hospital (which I highly recommend!)so that it was much less of a shock when we found ourselves there after delivery. This book was right on the money, and we got to see everything they talked about hands-on. This is an excellent book to help anyone conquer the fears, worries and misconceptions of having a premature infant (and it also comes highly recommended from the nurses and neonatologists of our NICU as well!)
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Even though I was an ICU nurse (adult) I was not prepared for the world I entered after my daughter was born at 26 weeks. When my daughter's medical conditions were explained to me the nurse in me wanted to know more so I searched the internet for help. Explanations were difficult to find and overly clinical or overly simplified. The mommy side needed reassurance and straight forward explanations. I purchased 2 books and found this one to be superior. The doctor's perspective and the parent's perspective are both given for each stage/situation as it arises. Up to date statistics and medical explanations are given with a clear, but caring demeanor. The question answer format was great! And major medical conditions are spotlighted which makes comprehending easy. I wish I had purchased this book sooner during the hospital stay. There is some information on the home stage, but not a lot. It may be better to puchase another book for that stage. I highly recommend this book and at $2200 a day the hospitals should be able to afford giving one to each preemie's parents in the NICU!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Parents of Preemies April 25 2004
My parents bought this for my husband and I two weeks ago when our little girl was born at 29 weeks. We have both found this book very helpful. My husband read is constantly while I was still hospitalized and I have been reading it since I came home. The NICU is an overwhelming place, and the nurses and doctors do their best to explain things in terms us non-medical people can understand. This book has thus far proven to be an excellent source we can reference on our own. It explains things in lay terms and the glossary in the back is excellent. If we don't understand something the nurse has told us, we just find it in this book and read on it. It has really helped to keep us calm and informed.
I definately recommend this book. We will keep this book for as long as we need it and I'm sure it will continue to be helpful as our little blessing grows up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity saver June 9 2002
If, like us, you deal with the unbelieveable stress of the NICU by learning as much as you can about premature babies, this book is priceless. During the 14 weeks that our son (born at 30 weeks) was in intensive care, we referred to this book numerous times and the social workers recommended it by name. It covers all of the major problems you and your baby are likely to encounter in a clear, straightforward way that's easy to understand. When you can't quite remember what the doctor said about a certain condition, it's also a great reference.
If you have to have a preemie in the hospital, I'd say you have to have this book. Now that our little boy is at home, we're still using it and I suspect we'll keep reading sections and recommending it to others for years to come.
I also like the Preemie Parents' Companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book kept me calm while in the hospital! April 23 2003
I delivered my daughter at 33 weeks by emergency C-section. During the next few weeks of staying at the hospital and spending time in the "special care" nursery, I read this book in the hospital guest room in between nursery visits. It was wonderful, and helped me keep my sanity. It explains all the high-tech stuff you'll see, talks about common problems in preemies, and puts everything into common language. Often I understood what they told me in the nursery, then forgot it once I left... sleep deprivation and stress does that to a person!... this book always had the answers I needed. If you are a new parent of a preemie, or know someone who is, I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Livre très bien fait. Il donne toute l'information nécessaire aux parents d'enfants prématurés. Bien vulgarisé. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gen
4.0 out of 5 stars very informative
when my daughter was born prematurely at 29 weeks and 6 days gestation, i was devastated. i didn't know where to find information on premature babies. Read more
Published on April 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite premie book
In addition to what all the other reviewers say about this book's completeness, I also liked that it broke down some of the problems by each gestational age. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book out there on the subject.
As the mom of a preemie born at 23 weeks 6 days gestation I purchased 5 different books on the subject of preemies. I was anxious to learn all I could. Read more
Published on March 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a 24-weeker parent
I had a 24 weeker boy at one pound 5 ounces - this book saved me. I have been in the NICU 105 days and will probably be there another month. This book is a must for early babies.
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by ""
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I would highly recommend this to any new parent of a preemie.
It has alot of very useful information, and is very well put and easy to understand.
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Kristy Christopherson
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book to have for parents of Preemies
When my son arrived 7 weeks early, my wife and I were looking for answers. This book provided answers for every question we had and was very useful well into my son's first year. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by M. Stephens
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