Posted: Nov 05, 2013 6:00 AM
 
Parenting a preemie can be overwhelming. When a baby is born earlier than expected, parents are suddenly whisked into the world of the neonatal intensive care unit and are bombarded by medical terms they don't understand and a future that's uncertain. In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, we've rounded up some of the most helpful books on parenting a preemie from the NICU and beyond.

Preemies: The Essential Guide for Premature Parents cover

Preemies: The Essential Guide for Premature Parents

Authors Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli met in the NICU, and together with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, put together this must-have resource for parents navigating the world of preemies, from high-risk pregnancy all the way through preschool. Divided into four sections, the book covers risk factors, the first day, surgery, homecoming and more. Relatable and easy to read, Preemies: The Essential Guide for Premature Parents gives detailed information that parents can clearly comprehend.

Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey

Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey

A NICU stay isn't just medically overwhelming — it can be emotionally harrowing as well. Psychologists and authors Deborah L. Davis and Mara Tesler Stein offer this guide to navigating the emotional roller coaster of parenting a preemie with support and suggestions for coping and adjusting to preemie life.

The Preemie Parent's Companion

The Preemie Parents' Companion

Author Susan L. Madden is a preemie mom and holds a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. In The Preemie Parents' Companion, Madden uses her first-hand knowledge to provide this handbook on caring for a premature baby. The book helps parents gain confidence in actively caring for their baby in the NICU and how to communicate with the staff, as well as caring for your preemie once they come home.

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads

Dr. Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein's handbook is essential for parents-to-be of multiples. Not only does it give valuable information about nutrition in the multiples pregnancy, including recipes, the book covers common complications such as preeclampsia, twin to twin transfusion syndrome and early labor. An entire chapter is also dedicated to your hospital and possible NICU stay.

The Preemie Primer

The Preemie Primer

As an OB-GYN and mom to preemie triplets, author Dr. Jennifer Gunter not only has delivered hundreds of premature babies, she understands the tumultuous emotional roller coaster that preemie parents face. Dr. Gunter takes parents through delivery, hospitalization and preemie developments, and also covers parenting multiples, health issues and how to find a special needs program.

Ready for Air

Ready for Air

Kate Hopper's captivating memoir of giving birth to a daughter at 32 weeks and the ensuing weeks that followed in the NICU will have parents of premature babies swell with understanding. From her battle with preeclampsia to Stella's sometimes terrifying stay in the NICU, Hopper's story gives parents the comfort that they are not alone, and the hope that they too will overcome this difficult time.

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