Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Preemie Parents

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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Preemie Parents

Although this post is intended for a narrow readership, it is one close to my heart. C was born 7 weeks early due to preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, weighing just over 3 lbs. November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and this past Sunday was World Prematurity Day, so it feels appropriate to make today’s post about books preemie parents may find helpful.

If you have a friend or family member whose baby is currently in the NICU and aren’t sure what book would be appropriate, I’ve marked what I consider “safe” gift ideas with a star.

* 1. My Early Arrival Baby Journal

I found trying to fill out a traditional baby book frustrating and depressing. This book is filled with adorable illustrations and helps parents log preemie-specific challenges and milestones. Plenty of space to write and include photos. View sample pages on the book’s website.

* 2. The Littlest Peanut: A Journal Milestone Babybook for Preemies

Another preemie-specific baby book “designed to record special moments, keep track of exciting milestones and store meaningful keepsakes.” Really sweet illustrations.

* 3. Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies by Linden, Paroli, and Doron

Written by two mothers and a neonatologist, this “Dr. Spock-like reference” is a comprehensive guidebook – anything you need to know about your preemie is in these pages. Covers birth through the preschool years, and takes a number of special situations into consideration.

* 4. The Premature Baby Book by Dr. Sears

From the Sears Family Library, this resource covers birth to age 1. Very easy to understand. Attachment parents especially will find this book encouraging.

* 5. No Bigger Than My Teddy Bear by Valerie Pankow and Gwen Connoly

This children’s book by Valerie Pankow, a former elementary school teacher, is the account of her son’s reactions to his baby brother and the NICU. Great to read to siblings, or even to older preemies who may want to know more about their start in life.

6. Living Miracles: Stories of Hope from Parents of Premature Babies by Kimberly Powell and Kim Wilson

In this book, Powell and Wilson have compiled twenty-two stories told by parents, organized by the weeks of gestation of the babies at birth (from 23 to 36 weeks).

7. Empowered Preemie Moms: From NICU, to Newborn, and Beyond by Shaana Berman.Kindle only. 

This book is divided into two sections: the first shares the stories of ten preemie moms (from 25-34 weeks), the second serves as a “survival guide” of sorts, helping preemie moms navigate and overcome feelings of isolation and anxiety.

8. Half Baked by Alexa Stevenson

Alexa Stevenson, author of the blog Flotsam, tells the story of her micropreemie (24 weeks) with poignancy, gritty honesty, and even some humor.

9. Miracle Child by James Wilcox

The father of a micropreemie (25 weeks) chronicles his son’s fight to survive, as well as how his family navigated through the trenches and found their faith renewed.

10. Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life, and Motherhood by Kasey Mathews

The mother of a micropreemie (4 months early) shares her daughter’s journey, as well as how she grew along with her.