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Parents of very premature infants, often shocked and panicked by the situation in which they find themselves, have until now had surprisingly few resources to consult. Now, with Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies, the information, support, and hope they so desperately need have been made available. Written by a prize-winning journalist and father of a now-thriving micro-preemie, this uplifting testament to hope is filled with parents' stories of their preemies and micro-preemies, complete with details of their struggles in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), with harrowing series of life-threatening conditions, and with accounts of extraordinarily delicate and risky surgical procedures. This is the only book available in which parents, through interviews, speak directly to other parents about their common experiences with premature infants, and it is an invaluable guide to navigating the NICU journey.
While the book presents sobering medical facts in a straightforward manner, author Timothy Smith's intention is to show a different side of extreme prematurity than the one most often presented by the media. Rather than dwelling on the relatively infrequent cases that result in severe handicaps and family hardship, the author introduces the readers to many examples of the positive, more common outcomes of prematurity: children who have struggled valiantly and successfully, often against all odds, to join families that continue to cherish them. Heartwarming yet realistic, these stories inspire even as they portray the families' attempts to cope with losing the typical birth experience, listening to insensitive remarks, going home without their babies, and communicating with medical professionals. This is a powerful, love-filled, personal resource for parents of tiny infants.
The only book in which parents of extremely premature infants share their experiences and information:a heartwarming, realistic resource for parents.
|1||This Is Parenthood?||1|
|2||Crossing the Line of Life||19|
|4||It's What Motivates Mindy||49|
|5||Justice and Destiny - More than Names||55|
|6||Listening to the Angels||69|
|7||"Womb with a View"||81|
|8||Hanging on to Hope||93|
|9||For Mom's Sake||99|
|10||"What Kind of Baby Wears Clothes Like That?"||107|
|11||The Power of Faith||119|
|12||Books, Barney, and Boundless Energy||139|
|14||Epilogue - A Look from Inside the NICU||159|
|App||Resources for Parents of Premature Babies||169|
Posted March 16, 2001
In this day of right-to-life vs. abortion, Timothy Smith¿s book Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies, puts the emphasis at the heart of the matter¿on the babies¿ fight for life and their parents¿ determination to sustain it. Often lost in the debate are the special little ones, more often than not beating the odds and soon contributing as adult participants in our all-too-human, day-to-day drama. In Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies, Smith deals with the real people who live these real stories. Consider Mindy Hull. Explained Smith, ¿She was born prematurely in 1975, weighing only two pounds, six ounces. A two-pounder in the mid-1970s didn't have the same chances of survival as they do today. Now, she¿s a Boston University student working three part time jobs and in her senior year as a psychology major. Once you talk with Mindy, you know she¿s something special. It¿s her never-give-up attitude, `overcoming and accomplishing,¿ to borrow her description.¿ ¿There¿s no doubt in my mind,¿ said Smith. ¿These people are special. They had to fight just for the chance at life that most of us take for granted.¿ And, what about the parents? Robyn and Brian Reilly of Carmel, New York are typical and exemplify the devotion and love required to get through those first early months. Consider this excerpt: For good measure, the parents gathered around BT¿s (their son, Brian Thomas) incubator every night before leaving for the journey back to Carmel. They gently placed their hands down on the glass that separated them from their son, sending every ounce of their energy and strength from their bodies, virtually willing it through the heated case and into the little one¿s body. Who knows if such an emotional connection indeed makes a difference in healing these tiny babies, all-too-often helpless and at the mercy of the skills of those physicians and nurses who treat them in sterile Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), that sometimes are impersonalized, ¿take-a-number¿ settings better suited for fast-food kitchens. Then again, what Robyn felt yanking at her during the long commutes might be the best prescription of all, a little faith, a lot of love. ¿Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies is something I wrote following the birth of my daughter, Elizabeth, who weighed just 1 lb. 14 oz. when she came into this world,¿ said Smith. ¿Soon, I learned that many other families were going through the same kinds of things, experiencing the same feelings, trying to cope in the NICU world despite outsiders not having a clue. Every day in every part of the United States, families are being thrown into this treacherous whirlpool of prematurity without a life preserver.¿ In its second printing, Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies is that life preserver and much more. It provides support and understanding to the parents of micro-preemies and serves as a resource for parents, grandparents or anyone whose lives have been touched by the birth of a preemie. It¿s a chronicle of the fight to live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2000
As a Registered Nurse with NICU experience, I found Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies: Little Thumbs Up to be an accurate portrayal of the victories and disappointments parents of premies experience during the hospital stay. This book was intreguing and brought out emotion I didn't realize I had locked up inside. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has had a premature baby or who knows someone who has.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.