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“This is the best book I’ve ever read for parents of premature infants. It’s accurate, up-to-date, and contains the answers to just about every question I’ve ever been asked….”
—Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., Editor Emeritus, Pediatrics

“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 . . . will prove to be a bible for parents of ‘preemies’ . . . and in fact is certain to be a blessing to them.Enthusiastically recommended.”                
—Library Journal

“Editor’s Pick: The problem with most books about premature babies is that they tend to emphasize everything that can go wrong, no matter how rare. Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies is a reassuring yet realistic manual on caring for a preemie….the book is packed with the kind of information that parents really want….It’s a trustworthy resource to aid parents through the uncertainties of very special deliveries. ”
—Parenting magazine

“For families experiencing the emotional and complex journey of the NICU, Preemies is a practical and reassuring source of information on their premature baby’s hospitalization, as well as the early years. A helpful resource for every NICU lending library!”
—Liza Cooper, LMSW, Director, NICU Family Support, March of Dimes

Preemies is all that its subtitle says it is….a comprehensive, sensitive guide, addressing every imaginable question that a parent might have about a high-risk pregnancy and delivery, a preterm infant’s hospitalization, the transition to home, and the early preschool years….A major strength of this book is that two mothers of former preterm infants and a neonatologist author it collaboratively. Their intimate knowledge of the world of preterm infants enables them to successfully address the various situations and difficulties that parents may encounter….a must for parents of all preterm infants….Parents will find it easy to use, informative and comforting. This remarkable book can be recommended to them without reservation.
—Journal of Perinatology

Preemies is quite simply an extraordinary book. Its authors (they are parents who ‘have been there’ and an empathetic neonatologist who ‘has seen it all’) have written a comprehensive manual which gives voice to the feelings and fears of parents in an easy-to-read question-and-answer format. . . . There are clear explanations of medical and surgical conditions and treatments; the diverse roles of various caregivers; a guide to understanding the behavioural cues of infants; the practical issues of breastfeeding a preemie; the strategies to survive the stressful NICU experience; and even the care of other siblings. . . . I cannot think of a topic that has not been addressed. This updated book is a comprehensive reference suitable for parents and health professionals alike. I learnt a lot from it and recommend it highly.”
—Saroj Saigal, M.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Pediatrics, Director, Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, McMaster University, Ontario

“An invaluable resource . . . a comprehensive, authoritative, yet sensitive reference which explains a spectrum of issues in easy to understand language. . . . Whether read from cover to cover or used as reference text, parents of premature infants will be enlightened from the clinical wisdom provided by this book.”
—Frank A. Chervenak, M.D., Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York

“What a gift these two parents of preemies and neonatologist (aka aunt of one of the preemies) have given parents and medical caregivers.  This comprehensive book takes you from bedrest to breastfeeding, from delivery to day care while also explaining most every possible medical complication in a thorough, reliable and accessible way.  These are real parents who have ‘been there’ speaking to new parents who unfortunately find themselves ‘there’ now.  Medical staff can trust recommending this book to families who need a knowledgeable companion through the premature journey.”
—Zina Steinberg, Ph.D, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

“A must have for parents and caregivers of premature infants. The authors have done a fantastic job of writing a guide that is both comprehensive and easily understandable. I recommend this book to all parents, caregivers and educators who work with infants born prematurely.”
—Joelle Mast, Ph.D. M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, NY

Preemies is a wonderful book. During the panic and confusion of having and nurturing a premature baby, Preemies will become a parent’s constant companion. As a clinical psychologist and father of a preemie, I deeply appreciate many aspects of Preemies and its new edition.
—Michael T. Hynan, Ph.D., Chair, National Perinatal Association

“This second edition of Preemies is essential reading for parents of premature infants and equally for their caregivers. It can improve communication among all involved, which is often lacking. This book is important.”
—Peter A.M. Auld, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York

“Parents will treasure this sensitively written guide that supplies the reader with valuable information, resources, and emotional support.”
—Laura Kennedy, Director, Staten Island Early Childhood Direction Center, Staten Island University Hospital

“Complex medical and psychological information is imparted in a reassuring tone to parents coping with the rigors of premature birth and premature baby care. An extensive collaboration of a neonatologist and two experienced preemie parents . . . Preemies will make you a more informed parent—in the NICU and after.
—Allison Martin, Founder, Prematurity.org, Preemie Child, and ChildrensDisabilities.info

“The authors fulfill the need for information with remarkable clarity, offering answers to a multitude of questions….While medical information is presented in detail, the book maintains a personal, reassuring tone. . . . This book provides a valuable crash course and serves as a useful tool for communicating with medical staff.”
—Publishers Weekly

“This informative book reassures parents who have been thrust suddenly into the scary and unfamiliar world of the NICU.…covers the preemie journey from before birth to preschool and beyond . . . I highly recommend purchasing a copy of this book if your little one has decided to be born too soon.”
—Julie M. Snyder, Editor-in-Chief, Pregnancy.org, LLC

5 stars: THE book on preemies
“When our daughter was born at 25 weeks, I went out and read just about every book on preemies that I could get my hands on. This book was BY FAR the best, and every parent of a preemie should own it and read it. It is organized in an easy-to-digest manner, and is designed so that you need only read the types of things that apply to you and your baby. (For parents of multiples, there’s additional great stuff, too.) This book is the one touted on the March of Dimes website – and I can see why!”
—Amazon.com reader review (by itsjustme)

5 stars: We couldn’t live without this book!
“Our daughter was born at 28 ½ weeks last November and spent over 6 weeks in the NICU. We knew nothing about what to expect or what the machines were or what tests they did on her, etc. We decided to do some research and found this book , and it became our Bible. It had the answers to every possible question we had. It was as if it was written just for us. I found out later that other Preemie Moms I met loved this book and the March of Dimes recommends it as well.”
—Amazon.com reader review (by Lisa K. “Preemie Mom”)

5 stars: This book kept me calm while in the hospital!
“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!”
—Amazon.com reader review (by AmyMCGS)

5 stars: Absolutely Amazing, and what we needed!!
“We received this book from a friend when our son was born at 23 weeks, and it literally became our Bible the whole 132+ days he was in the NICU. Everything the Drs would tell us we came home and looked up, just to get a better understanding, and mark, to look back at even now (and he is 2) to find helpful information for us now as we are dealing with developmental delays. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with premature birth, and I even gave a copy to my friend when her son was born prematurely. I hope that this book can be as helpful to other families as it was to us.”
—Amazon.com reader review (by Christina Magleby)

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