Preemie Books

When you have a preemie, you enter a world that appears incomprehensible and overwhelming. Thankfully, there is a wealth of preemie books to help you in the daunting task of caring for your baby and older preemie child. I have reviewed preemie books online for over 20 years, and read them for over 30 years, so I hope my reviews and exclusive author interviews will help you find the book that is just right for you.

Books for Preemie Parenting

Preemies Preemies : The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies
by Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, Mia Wechsler Doron M.D.
Preemies is one of the most comprehensive books for parents of preemies currently available. With over 500 well written pages on preemies and their care, this book will provide the answers to many of the questions you seek as the parent of a new baby or an older preemie toddler. A collaboration of a neonatologist and two preemie parents, this book is a well rounded overview of prematurity, the NICU and preemie care at home. Complex medical and psychological information is provided to parents in a reassuring tone Parents are encouraged to participate in the care of their babies through breastfeeding, gentle touch and other supportive activities. The extensive background in the book will make you a more informed parent - in the NICU and after.
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Understanding the NICU Understanding the NICU: What Parents of Preemies and other Hospitalized Newborns Need to Know
by Jeanette Zaichkin
Up to date introduction to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with great explanations, accompanied with stories of real situations. Highly recommended for parents undertaking this unexpected journey, and those who are helping them.
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Neonatal Intensive Care Merenstein & Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care
by Sandra L Gardner, Brian S. Carter, Mary Enzman Hines, and Jacinto A Hernandez
This well written and heavily documented book for NICU students and professionals provides a deep look at the care of premature infants in the NICU. Several chapters in this book are of great importance to parents, including chapters on pain, the NICU's impact on developement, breastfeeding, skin care, and so on. Other chapters are likely to be too technical and specific to be of interest, although students and professionals will find them very useful.
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Littlest Peanut The Littlest Peanut - A Baby Book for the Tiniest, Tiny Ones
by Shannan Wilson
A pretty milestone journal and baby book for preemies and NICU babies, laid out scrapbook style. This hardcover book allows for lots of interaction with others in the hospital.
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Our NICU Journey - Jounal Our NICU Journey: A NICU Journal for tracking Daily NICU Activities for your baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Produced by a NICU nurse, this is simple journal and scrapbook for parents in the NICU allows them to keep track of their babies interactions, progress and milestones. Especially encouraging for parents who are able to hold and provide some care to their preemies.
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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 emotional 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. Topics include the emotional implications of early delivery, physical recovery, the NICU experience, settling in at home, development and growth, caregiver challenges, special needs, moving on, subsequent pregnancies and much more. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a preemie. An older book but the topic is still relevant.
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Your Premature Baby and Child Your Premature Baby and Child : Helpful Answers and Advice for Parents
Amy E. Tracy, Dianne I. Maroney
This book is an essential resource for every parent of a premature baby. It continues the story of caring for your premature baby from the point where other books stop. It is an older book but covers essential topics for parents of older children who were born prematurely.
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The Preemie Parents' Companion : The Essential Guide to Caring for Your Premature Baby in the Hospital, at Home, and Through the First Years
By Susan L. Madden
Susan L. Madden takes the cherished role of an informed friend she guides you from your earliest meeting with your child in the NICU through the transition of your child's first year at home. The first section of the book,is your introduction to the NICU itself - from your first visit and early questions through your adjustment to the various medical routines. The second section continues its focus on parenting with topics such as your baby's homecoming, the basics of caring for your premature baby at home, special handling techniques, and feeding. The last section provides an overview of key issues for preemies in their early years, along with a discussion of Early Intervention programs.
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