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Early Passage:
A Journal for Parents of Premies

By Priscilla Hernandez Hacker and Carolyn Ringon
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Review by Allison Martin

Early Passage: A Journal for Parents of Premies is a different type of baby book for parents of preemies. It is strictly focused on premature birth and preemies. What makes this book unique is it's in-depth focus on the feelings related to prematurity, totally unlike any other baby book. It does not ask you to record as much of the specific details of your baby, but rather focuses on the emotions of the experience.

This is a very useful book for parents who are coping with the emotional fall out of prematurity. Even 15 year later I can answer many of the questions in this book, it is that on target and the experience is that powerful.

This book helps you to explore, and accept, many of the stages of having a preemie - from pregnancy and early birth through childhood. Separate sections focus on issues like partners, siblings and death.

Chapter topics include: Whose Baby is This? Collaborative Care, Facing Critical Illness and Surgery, Homeward Bound: Ready or Not, Here I Come! Some examples of the range and compassion of the questions are:

  • Who was with you during your baby's most critical hours or days, and how did they show support?
  • Were you reassured at some point that your baby would live? How did this news change your emotional state?
  • Feelings of jealousy and anger are normal. Seeing others with healthy thriving babies or viewing advertisements for baby products can trigger these emotions. Have you had this experience?

This is a useful book that you are sure to pick up again and again as your baby grows. I think it would be very useful in the healing process.

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