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Overview

An infant's NICU stay is a high-stress time for both parents and siblings—and now there's a book that shows professionals how to make the entire family's NICU experience easier by addressing the needs of big brothers and sisters of all ages. The first and only guide to supporting siblings of infants in the NICU, this landmark resource helps clinicians, child life specialists, social workers, and other professionals guide parents as they

  • provide their older children with accurate information during a high-risk pregnancy
  • discuss the new baby's NICU stay with siblings in sensitive, age-appropriate ways
  • encourage siblings to celebrate the baby's birth with activities like photo books and journals
  • make sibling and family visits with the baby a success
  • locate and choose a good sibling support group
  • understand and address the particular needs of siblings of multiple newborns include siblings in the discharge planning process
  • ease the transition period when an infant comes home
  • include siblings in the baby's care
  • explain a baby's death to an older brother or sister

A must-have for all practitioners who work with families, this easy-to-read book is also a lifeline for parents of at-risk newborns, who will use the real-world advice and strategies to address the needs and concerns of their older children.

Enhanced with photos and true stories from the author's experience as a neonatal child life specialist, this invaluable book will ensure better support for new siblings and help make a stressful, emotional time much easier for everyone involved.

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Editorial Reviews

Joseph A Garcia-Prats

"Well written and comprehensive . . . interweaves both medical and sociologic research as well as the experiential information parents will need."
Director, Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Chris Brown
"Timely and much needed . . . I am certain this book will become indispensable to child life specialists, nurses, other health care providers and even parents."
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
"A compact and informative user friendly guide to parents, siblings and professionals."
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This book was written for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) professionals and parents of babies in intensive care to help them address the needs of older siblings before, during, and after hospitalization. It is easy to read, without medical jargon, and has many practical strategies and advice for healthcare providers and parents on incorporating families into the NICU environment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information for professionals and parents on how to deal with siblings of NICU patients in this stressful hospital environment. A number of interventions suitable to siblings of all ages are given for high risk pregnancy, during hospitalization, for discharge and even death of the NICU baby. The objectives are fully met in this regard.
Audience: This guide is written for clinicians, nurses, child life specialists, social workers, pastoral care specialists, and other providers in the hospital environment. It is also suitable for parents, grandparents, and friends of families who have babies in the NICU. The author, Linda Rector, MS, has a wealth of experience as a teacher and child life specialist in various NICUs in Texas.
Features: The 14 chapters deal with all aspects of sibling involvement in a high risk pregnancy and hospitalization of a baby in the NICU. Individual chapters cover talking about and visiting the baby, preparation for discharge and even death of a younger sibling. The book is full of age-appropriate strategies to lessen the stress on older siblings when a baby is in the NICU. A unique aspect is the multitude of practical tips for families highlighted in boxes throughout the discussions. An appendix of resources is included at the end of the book along with an alphabetical list of references. Unfortunately, the resource guide is disease and diagnosis oriented and does not include developmental resources, and the references are all at the end of the book rather than notated in the discussions and following each chapter.
Assessment: This is a well written and comprehensive discussion about integrating older siblings into the NICU environment. It will become an essential reference for all NICU healthcare providers as these units become more family friendly and less restrictive in visitation policies. Although various books mention these strategies, this is the most complete guide for both professionals and parents.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This book was written for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) professionals and parents of babies in intensive care to help them address the needs of older siblings before, during, and after hospitalization. It is easy to read, without medical jargon, and has many practical strategies and advice for healthcare providers and parents on incorporating families into the NICU environment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information for professionals and parents on how to deal with siblings of NICU patients in this stressful hospital environment. A number of interventions suitable to siblings of all ages are given for high risk pregnancy, during hospitalization, for discharge and even death of the NICU baby. The objectives are fully met in this regard.
Audience: This guide is written for clinicians, nurses, child life specialists, social workers, pastoral care specialists, and other providers in the hospital environment. It is also suitable for parents, grandparents, and friends of families who have babies in the NICU. The author, Linda Rector, MS, has a wealth of experience as a teacher and child life specialist in various NICUs in Texas.
Features: The 14 chapters deal with all aspects of sibling involvement in a high risk pregnancy and hospitalization of a baby in the NICU. Individual chapters cover talking about and visiting the baby, preparation for discharge and even death of a younger sibling. The book is full of age-appropriate strategies to lessen the stress on older siblings when a baby is in the NICU. A unique aspect is the multitude of practical tips for families highlighted in boxes throughout the discussions. An appendix of resources is included at the end of the book along with an alphabetical list of references. Unfortunately, the resource guide is disease and diagnosis oriented and does not include developmental resources, and the references are all at the end of the book rather than notated in the discussions and following each chapter.
Assessment: This is a well written and comprehensive discussion about integrating older siblings into the NICU environment. It will become an essential reference for all NICU healthcare providers as these units become more family friendly and less restrictive in visitation policies. Although various books mention these strategies, this is the most complete guide for both professionals and parents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557668523
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Rector, M.S., CCLS is an Independent Consultant in Houston, Texas. Ms. Rector is a Reach Out and Read Volunteer at the Good Neighbor Clinic in Houston, Texas. She served as a neonatal child life specialist for a number of years as well as a child life manager and child life specialist on a variety of units at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. Ms. Rector also worked as a child life specialist at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas; a child life fellow at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; and a sixth-grade teacher at Calallen Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ms. Rector graduated from The Ohio State University with a master of science degree in child development and from Texas Christian University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She is a certified child life specialist and is certified in Texas as an elementary teacher with a kindergarten endorsement. In November 2001, Ms. Rector received the first annual Reba Michels Hill Award from Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology. In 1993, she was a member of the psychosocial team from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston VA Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital requested to work with children released from Ranch Apocalypse (the Branch Davidians' compound) in Waco, Texas. She has given a number of presentations and interviews on topics such as the education, training, and role of neonatal child life specialists, infant brain development, pain management for infants, and debriefing protocols for traumatized children.

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Table of Contents


About the Author
Foreword by Carol Turnage Carrie
Preface

  1. The Developmental Perspective: Siblings Across the Age Span
  2. The High-Risk Pregnancy: The Big Brother's and Sister's Perspective
  3. The Newborn in the Hospital: A Stressful Time for Families
  4. Talking with Big Brothers and Sisters: What Do We Tell Them?
  5. When Parents Visit the Baby: Ways to Support Big Brothers and Sisters
  6. Big Brothers and Sisters Visit the Baby: How to Make It a Success
  7. Coping with the Birth and Hospitalization of the Baby: How to Help Siblings
  8. Sibling Support Groups: Why They Are Important
  9. Multiple Babies in the NICU: Support for Brothers and Sisters
  10. Getting Ready for the Baby to Come Home: Including Big Brothers and Sisters
  11. The Baby Comes Home: Including Big Brothers and Sisters
  12. Understanding the Baby's Death: Support for Siblings
  13. The Baby with Special Needs: Big Brother and Sister Issues
  14. Growing Together

References
Resources
Index
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