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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 2 edition (Nov. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416572325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416572329
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Knoernschidl on June 7 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6 2003
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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. This book is by far the best out of all the books that I purchased. This book gives comprehensive information for just about every condition that a premature baby may face. All those 3 letter acronyms ROP, PDA, BPD, IVH, etc. are explained in an easy to read format. Not only written from a doctors perspective , but also a parents perspective. It also talks about after the baby comes home and child development.
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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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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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By "shryder" on June 9 2002
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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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