The Preemie Primer: A Complete Guide for Parents of Premature Babies--From Birth Through the Toddler Years and Beyond

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Having a premature baby—a baby born before the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy— can be a crash course in both medicine and health economics, not just in parenting. Parents face complex information, difficult decisions, and overwhelming grief and worry—with challenges that often extend well beyond those early days and weeks. As an ob/gyn, Dr. Jennifer Gunter has delivered hundreds of premature babies, but as a mother of preemie triplets, she also understands the heartbreak and challenges of prematurity. The ...
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Overview


Having a premature baby—a baby born before the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy— can be a crash course in both medicine and health economics, not just in parenting. Parents face complex information, difficult decisions, and overwhelming grief and worry—with challenges that often extend well beyond those early days and weeks. As an ob/gyn, Dr. Jennifer Gunter has delivered hundreds of premature babies, but as a mother of preemie triplets, she also understands the heartbreak and challenges of prematurity. The Preemie Primer is a comprehensive resource, covering topics from delivery, hospitalization, and preemie development to parenting multiples, handling health issues, and finding special-needs programs. Compassionate, engaging, and medically grounded, The Preemie Primer is the first book on prematurity to combine the insight of a doctor with the experience of a mom.
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Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, University Colorado School of Medicine, Past President American Academy of Pediatrics
“As a pediatrician who cares for children with complex medical conditions, many of whom were born very prematurely, I recommend The Preemie Primer as a must-read for families of preemies. Caring for these fragile infants and children requires a partnership with parents and joint clinical decision making, a partnership that will be strengthened when parents read this book. The personal feelings that Dr Gunter shares will also help parents to trust their own common sense and deal with the stress and anxiety of raising a preemie.”
 

Infodad.com, 7/29/10
“What sets [The Preemie Primer] above many other books in the ‘medical aspects of parenting’ genre is the effective interweaving of Gunter’s personal and emotional experiences with her no-nonsense medical knowledge about premature babies and the families that raise them.”
 

Bookviews, August 2010
“For parents of premature babies it is ‘must’ reading.”
 

About.com, 8/11/10
“In addition to containing the latest information about prematurity, The Preemie Primer is unique because the author is unique. The book is written from Dr. Gunter's perspective as both an obstetrician and the parent of preemies…This combination of medical knowledge and a parent's intuition make The Preemie Primer a special book…What The Preemie Primer does best is to explain the complicated world of NICU care for premature babies in words that parents can understand…Unlike a lot of books on prematurity, The Preemie Primer doesn't end at NICU discharge. Dr. Gunter does a wonderful job of helping parents cope with the difficult transition from NICU to home, and to understand the challenges that children born early may face as they grow from babies to toddlers, then enter the school system.”
 

MamasOnBedrest&Beyond.com, 9/2/10
“A deeply personal account…The success of The Preemie Primer results from the fact that as I read it, I felt as if I was sitting across from Jennifer Gunter, drinking coffee and chatting as she tells her story.”
 

Library Journal, 9/16/10 (starred review)
“Covering everything from why some babies are born prematurely to the various body systems at risk to navigating the health-care system, Gunter excels at clarifying complex medical information for lay readers and provides enough information to empower parents without contributing to their fragile fears. Essential.”
 

Mid-OhioValleyParent Magazine, January 2011
“For specific questions on the care of preemies, this is a great resource for new parents.”

GrowingYourBaby.com, 2/28/11
“[A] brilliant book chock full of understandable medical information and compassionate advice from a mom who has been there.”

Birth, March 2011 “A highly useful, informative book for parents of preterm infants. We will see many well-worn copies in NICUs, diaper bags, and practitioner’s offices.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213934
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 539,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Gunter

Jennifer Gunter, MD, is an internationally renowned ob/gyn and leading expert in the field of women’s pain medicine. She lives in Mill Valley, California.
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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Very informative- but only if you very recently had a preemie

    I was very excited when I heard about this book, because I just had 25 week boy twins. I bought it when they were two months old, and while this book has a lot of information it, by then I already knew pretty much everything it covered. It's good to use as a reference, but it would probably only be worth it if your only a week or two into your Preemie adventure.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Got Good Feedback

    I purchased the book for a client who had her baby at 28 weeks. She informs me the book is an excellent guide to what to expect presently and in the future in caring for her premature infant. Based on her comments I would purchase the book again if the need arises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Great resource

    My sister in law sent this to me and it is the best book ever. It is easy to read and explains the medical terms while mixing the story of the writer who is also a nicu mom. Her story makes you realize you arent alone and help you find your voice when it comes to the care of your own preemie. Reminding us that we are the primary advocate for our miracles.

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