If you are looking for a gift for a preemie mom or something to commemorate your own NICU journey, look no further than Small but Mighty written by Alyssa Veech and illustrated by Penny Weber.
With beautiful illustrations showcasing a variety of preemie moms, Small but Mighty takes the reader from the early days of an unexpected premature birth to the joy of going home.
“A precious gift in this uncertain world. You are small, but you are mighty.”
While many fiction books about prematurity are written by preemie parents, Alyssa is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Buffalo, New York. Her passion for preemies led her to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
She currently works as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Sisters of Charity Hospital and uses Small but Mighty as a way to encourage preemie families to read to their baby. Reading provides a sense of purpose for parents and plays an important role in their preemie’s long-term growth and development.
I appreciate that the book doesn’t shy away from showing the realities of the NICU. On the cover, a preemie mom is comforts her preemie with her hands inside an isolette. A monitor chimes over one shoulder and cords for feeds and fluids hang over the other.
The book also shows tube feeding, monitors, kangaroo care and pumping all with encouraging captions about a preemie mother’s love.
“Nurses wrap you in love when I can’t be there. Warriors of hope, who fight alongside you.”
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