To celebrate#NationalReadABookDay I’m sharing two books that would make perfect gifts for a preemie mom and a NICU graduate. Plus, a giveaway!
Preemie Mom Pick
My first pick is one I recommend to every preemie mom I meet. I’ve even been known to loan out my personal copy, the First Edition. It’s Preemies – Second Edition: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies. While this looks like a thick medical textbook, it’s actually an extremely comprehensive resource for preemie parents filled with information on medical care in a warm, caring, and engaging voice. While it is not meant to replace a conversation with your doctors, I found that it helped me ask better questions and more quickly pick up the medical jargon.
It is divided into high level chapters like The First Day in the NICU; The First Week; Settling Down in the Hospital and If Your Baby Needs Surgery. These chapters helped ease my mind and answered many of my immediate questions. Additional chapters like From Preemie to Preschool and Beyond helped me feel more comfortable with the transition and what health impacts to watch for.
NICU Grad Pick
Did you know famous author Mark Twain and Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph were both two months premature? They are just a few of the accomplished preemies featured in my second pick, Go Preemies! This pick is perfect for both preemie moms and NICU graduates. It would make a great “pick-me-up” gift for a preemie mom or addition to a “welcome home” or baby shower gift basket.
Go Preemies! tells the inspirational stories of the world’s most famous preemies, including our greatest scientists (Darwin, Einstein), artists (Picasso, Stevie Wonder), Olympic champions (Rudolph) and world leaders (Winston Churchill). Another cool connection–the author and illustrator were both preemies! Families will love learning more about the world-changing accomplishments that preemies have achieved, and can achieve, despite the challenges of preterm birth.
WIN A COPY!
Would you like a copy of Go Preemies! to read to your little one? Simply join the Preemie Mom Camp email list now through Sept. 8 at noon CT and you will be entered to win an autographed copy of the book!
Go to the homepage, scroll to the bottom and enter your email address to enter.