Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

by Deborah L. Davis
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

by Deborah L. Davis

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Deborah Davis, Ph.D., encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. Incisive comments from parents who have suffered through the death of a baby convincingly relay this message: "You are not alone and you can survive."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555913021
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date: 02/13/1996
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and writer who specializes in the emotional aspects of coping with crisis during pregnancy and infancy, and medical ethics and decision-making during pregnancy and in the NICU. She is the author of several books for bereaved parents and parents of premature babies and has written many articles for parents and professionals.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1A Parent's Lonely Grief1
The "D" Word1
A Violation of Expectations2
The Depth of Your Loss3
Special Difficulties4
Points to Remember8
Chapter 2Grieving and Emotional Recovery9
Grieving: A Bewildering Process9
Common Grieving Emotions13
The Bittersweet Path to Resolution18
Surviving Grief19
Points to Remember20
Chapter 3Physical Recovery21
Breast Care21
Dilation and Curettage (D & C)23
Cesarean Delivery23
Uterine Healing24
Episiotomy Care25
Postpartum Visits25
Sex and Contraception25
Fatigue and Sleep26
Diet and Exercise28
Alternative Medicine30
Points to Remember31
Chapter 4The Early Months32
Decisions after Your Baby's Death32
Bewildering Feelings35
Points to Remember47
Chapter 5Affirming Your Baby48
Memories and Grief48
Every Baby Is Important49
Remembering Your Baby50
Points to Remember65
Chapter 6Painful Feelings66
Points to Remember80
Chapter 7Resolution of Grief81
The Journey to Resolution82
Making Sense of Tragedy89
Anniversary Reactions92
Thinking about What Might Have Been93
Keys to Survival94
Getting Help95
Points to Remember96
Chapter 8Making Peace with Agonizing Decisions97
Decisions Parents Face97
Wrestling with Life and Death Decisions99
The Decision100
Facing Death103
Living with the Decision105
Points to Remember110
Chapter 9Especially for Fathers111
Social Expectations111
Invisible Grief112
Reclaiming Your Emotions116
A Father's Unfinished Grief121
Points to Remember123
Chapter 10You and Your Partner124
Sharing Thoughts and Feelings124
Accepting Your Differences125
Tolerating Change and Conflict129
Can Our Relationship Survive?132
Parents without Partners133
Points to Remember135
Chapter 11Your Family136
Your Baby's Grandparents136
Other Relatives138
Other Children in the Family139
Points to Remember153
Chapter 12Support Networks154
Parent Support Groups163
Healthcare Providers169
Spirituality and Religion173
Points to Remember175
Chapter 13The Subsequent Pregnancy: Trying Again176
Should We Try Again?176
When Should We Try Again?177
When Partners Are on Different Timetables181
Can We Get Pregnant?183
Prenatal Care184
Points to Remember190
Chapter 14Coping during Subsequent Pregnancy and Birth191
The Pregnancy191
The Birth199
Coping after the Birth201
Another Loss203
Points to Remember204
Chapter 15Raising Subsequent Children205
Heightened Appreciation205
The Replacement Child211
Talking about the Baby Who Died214
Multiple Birth Survivors216
Points to Remember219
Chapter 16Protective Parenting220
Following Your Nurturing Instincts220
Wanting to Be the Best Parent Possible224
Protective Parenting in Action231
Balancing Career and Motherhood232
Reconsidering How Many Children to Raise233
Points to Remember234
Chapter 17Remembering Your Baby and Moving On235
Moving On237
Remembering, Moving On238
Song for an Empty Cradle239
Appendix AA Note to Caregivers241
Appendix BJournal Writing: A Tool for Grieving, Healing and Growth247
Appendix CResources for Bereaved Parents251

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Empty Cradle, Broken Heart is written with great awareness and sensitivity. Deborah Davis gets it just right." -Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

"...there is comfort in these pages." -Mothering magazine

"This gentle book fills a void often overlooked how it feels to lose a baby during or shortly after pregnancy." -Booklist

"Davis speaks directly to the emotional and physical needs of bereaved parents." -Judith Lasker, author of When Pregnancy Fails

"This book is a comprehensive resource for bereaved parents and the practitioners who help them." -THANATOS, A Realistic Journal Concerning Dying, Death and Bereavement

"As the mother of a stillborn son, I find this book to be the best I've found to date (and I've read at least 20!)." -J. Walter, Pennsylvania

"The best book on this subject. I did a huge amount of reading after I lost my baby, and I can tell you that this book is head and shoulders above anything else I've read on this subject. -A. Douglas, Canada

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