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Alex: The Fathering Of A Preemie
by Jeff Stimpson
"The compelling first hand account of raising child who was born extremely premature."
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Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey
by Deborah L. Davis and Mara Tesler Stein.
"The premature birth of your child tosses you and your family into a whirlwind of emotions, where it seems you will never touch down. Davis and Stein provide an exemplary map to the roller coaster ride you have embarked upon - from the first shock of the news and sight of your newborn child to the roller coaster ride in the NICU and on to the peaks and valleys of your time at home. The authors' thoughtful analysis and advice are backed by heart-felt quotes from experienced parents in the Preemie Child and Preemie-L support groups, which will surely touch your heart. I don't think there is one aspect of the emotional journey of preemie parenting that they have left untouched - if you can feel it, it is here! Highly recommended for anyone who loves a preemie.
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The NICU Rollercoaster
By Nicole E. Zimmerman and Edward J. Sprague
"This is the touching true story of the early arrival of premature twins and the ups and downs of their 160 days in the hospital. Heart-warming personal blog posts are interspersed with helpful information for parents coping with the issues of very early or small preemies."
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Preemie Book of Memories
By Erin E. Taylor
"This delightful hardcover, spiral bound memory book is a convenient way to record the journey and records of your preemie's early months. Week by week NICU journal pages are included, with additional decorative blank pages to journal feelings and events. A nice gift for a preemie parent or a fun way to record the growth of your preemie yourself."
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Jacob's Journal: A Window into the NICU
by Kristine Repino
A nice little book for parents of new preemies (or parents-to-be), recounting a mother's time in the NICU with her young son. Helpful advice is given on topics such as becoming comfortable in the NICU, breastfeeding your preemie, asserting yourself in the parenting role in the NICU and getting to know your baby. This easy to read and encouraging book on preemie parenting in the NICU is a welcome addition to preemie literature.
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Preemie Chronicles : Our NICU Experience
by Jeff Ewing
"A day by day glimpse into life in the NICU, as two preemie babies cope with dramatic ups and downs before coming home. The personal NICU story of the father of twins is recounted with considerable humor and empathy."
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A Mother's Diary: How to Survive the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
by Menetra D. Hathorn
"After her baby girl was born very early (at less than 24 weeks gestation), her mother wanted to pass on her hard earned advice and her personal experience of life in the roller coaster of the NICU. This first hand account of her baby's 119 days in the hospital is sure to touch your heart."
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Coming to Term : A Father's Story of Birth, Loss, and Survival
by William H., Jr. Woodwell

"A father's first hand account of the premature birth of his daugher, and her subsequent four month experience in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit... We experience the events of prematurity - ventalitation, infections, first bath, and finally transfer to a step down hospital in preparation for the homecoming."
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an Innocent, a Broad
by Ann Leary
"Ann Leary flew to London for what she thought would be a short vacation, when she unexpectedly delivered her baby prematurely. She uses humor and story telling skills to recount her subsequent five month stay in England, as her baby is born and then slowly grows. This book is a bit lighter than many books on prematurity, focusing on her fish out of water feelings as she copes with living on low funds in an unfamiliar environment. The author is frank and open about her struggles with the complications of having a preemie, in the special care unit and then in her apartment. This is a book that anyone can enjoy, as well as parents of preemies."
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Born Too Soon

Born Too Soon
by Elizabeth Mehren
"The touching, true story of the short life of a fragile but heroic preemie, as told by her mother."
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You Are Not Alone : The NICU Experience
Children's Medical Ventures, Inc.
"Parents share the stories of their children born prematurely. Wonderful photographs and touching stories."
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Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies : Little Thumbs Up!
by Timothy Smith

"Personal stories of children born premature."
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Early Passage: A Journal for Parents of Premies
by Priscilla Hernandez Hacker and Carolyn Ringo

"What makes this book unique is it's in-depth focus on the feelings related to prematurity, totally unlike any other baby book. This book helps you to explore, and accept, many of the stages of having a preemie - from pregnancy and early birth through childhood."
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Drawings from the Newborn : Poems and Drawings of Infants in Crisis
by Heather Spears

"Delicate pencil illustrations bring into our hearts the tiny beings who inhabit the NICU. This collection of portraits of premature babies and sick infants in the Copenhagen NICU is a touching memorial to preemies everywhere." (Allison Martin)
Out of print
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Waiting for Baby Joe
by Pat Lowery Collins

"Photographs illustrate this story of the reaction and adjustment of an older sister to new baby brother, who was born premature." For ages 4-8.
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Planet of the Blind
By Stephen Kuusisto

"The compelling autobiography of Stephen Kuusisto, who is blind as a consequence of his premature birth."
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Small Victories - life stories of adult preemies

Small Victories - Conversations about Prematurity, Disability, Vision Loss, and Success
Mary Lou Dickerson

"An amazing collection of the life stories of people who where born prematurely and are now adults... It is a unique book that deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the life time effects of prematurity."
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Living Miracles : Stories of Hope from Parents of Premature Babies
by Kimberly A. Powell & Kim Wilson
"An indepth and personal view into the life of premature babies and their families. The dramatic stories of preemies of different gestational age unfold in this eloquent volume of true life stories."
Out of Print
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The Silent Cries of a HELLP Syndrome Baby
By John & Rebecca Knox

"Jackson was born very prematurely (24 weeks gestation) due to complications caused by HELLP. The Knox's use their personal story to inform others about the devastating impact of this apparently underdiagnosed condition."
Out of print
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The NICU Notebook, A Parent's Journal
Maureen A. Doolan Boyle

"Giving birth prematurely is an overwhelming, life changing experience; it is all the more overwhelming if you have more than one premature baby. The NICU Notebook provides a format for organizing the experiences of you and your baby during this traumatic but crucial time in the NICU." (Allison Martin)
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