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Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babiesby Dana Wechsle Linden
Synopses & Reviews
Preemies is the only resource of its kind — a comprehensive "Dr. Spock"-like reference that is both reassuring and realistic, 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's hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years — imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand.
Preemies covers topics related to premature birth,including:
Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli, both mothers of children who were born prematurely, have joined with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, M.D., to write the book they wish had been available to them during their pregnancies and beyond. Filled with up-to-date, comprehensive medical information and personal perspectives and written in an easy question-and-answer format, Preemies grades new parents through the many uncertainties of carrying and caring for a premature baby.
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About the Author
Dana Wechsler Linden, a former senior editor at Forbes magazine and a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Business School, gave birth to premature twins.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader: How to Use This Book
1 In the Womb: Why Premature Birth Happens and What Can Be Done to Prevent It
For parents trying to grasp the extent of their risk, and what they can do to minimize it. Also for parents looking back, trying to make sense of what happened.
In the Hospital
2 Welcome to the World: Your Baby's Delivery
Your baby's transition from the womb to the world. Preparing for, and understanding, a premature birth.
3 The First Day
Entering the foreign world of the neonatal intensive care unit. Why it's the best place for you baby to be.
4 The First Week
A time of crucial test results and waiting. Understanding that things sometimes get worse before they get better.
5 Settling Down in the Hospital
Making the NICU the best possible home-away-from-home for you and your baby.
6 If Your Baby Needs Surgery
Guiding parents through an event that is usually scarier than it needs to be.
A Life Together
7 Finally Taking Your Baby Home
Decisions and preparations for the moment you've been waiting for.
8 From Preemie to Preschool (and Beyond)
A time to watch you baby's health and development — and gradually begin to relax and enjoy!
9 When Parents Have Something Special to Worry About
Learning more about some possible consequences of prematurity.
10 Losing a Baby
Helping you deal with a profound grief, and guiding you through the necessary arrangements.
Appendix 1: Conversion Charts
Appendix 2: Growth Charts
Appendix 3: A Schedule for Months
Appendix 4: Cardio-Pulmonary Resucitation — Birth to One Year
Appendix 5: Resources for Parents of Premature Babies
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