Best Premature Baby Books for Parents

Having a premature baby can feel like information overload. Even people who are already in the medical profession may have trouble getting used to the medical terminology in the NICU, and the average parent may quickly get overwhelmed. Happily, there are many excellent books to help parents get up to speed. Whatever your reading level or parenting style, you will find the right book here to help you get through your baby's NICU stay.

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Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies (2nd Ed.)

Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies (2010)
Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies (2010). Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

The ultimate guide to having a premature baby, Preemies walks parents through every step of a high risk pregnancy, premature birth, the NICU experience, and bringing a preemie home. Although long, Preemies is both thorough and easy to read. Written by a neonatologist and the parents of preemies, Preemies is the one book every preemie parent should own. More »

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Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey

Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey
Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey. Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

Parents who are having trouble coping with the emotional toll that having a premature baby can cause will find help, advice, and friendship in this wonderful book. At over 900 pages, this is the longest of the books in this list, but it is also one of the most helpful. More »

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The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU

The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU
The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU. Image courtesy of PreemieWorld.com

Slim but packed with information, The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU was written by parents of preemies and edited by a neonatologist. The first half of the Survival Guide is a glossary of terms, making this an excellent introduction to the medical aspects of NICU care. The colorful, magazine-style layout allows parents to read short chunks of information, but can feel overwhelming at times. More »

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The Preemie Primer

The Preemie Primer by Dr. Jennifer Gunter
The Preemie Primer by Dr. Jennifer Gunter. Image courtesy of Da Capo Press

The Preemie Primer is a great addition to a preemie parent's bookshelf, especially for parents of babies born two or more months early. Written by an OB who is the mom to preemies born at 25 weeks, The Preemie Primer does a great job of breaking down complex medical information. Information about bringing home a medically fragile baby is included, as is help with dealing with insurance issues. More »

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Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood

Front cover of Preemies: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood
Image courtesy of Kasey Mathews

Preemie

is the quick and engaging story of Andie, a preemie born at 25 weeks. Mom Kasey takes us through Andie's birth, NICU stay, and childhood with a candid approach that shares the family's moments of joy and despair. Andie faces many health problems common to premature babies, but is healed through her family's love and determination. More »

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Fragile Beginnings

Fragile Beginnings tells the story of Larissa, born at 26 weeks.
Fragile Beginnings tells the story of Larissa, born at 26 weeks.. Image courtesy Beacon Press
Fragile Beginnings tells the story of Larissa, a premature baby born at 26 weeks. Larissa is diagnosed with a severe intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) just days after her birth, and this book follows Larissa and her rehabilitation as she grows into childhood. Fragile Beginnings is written by Larissa's dad, Dr. Adam Wolfberg, an obstetrician specializing in high risk pregnancies.
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The Premature Baby Book

The Premature Baby Book
The Premature Baby Book. Image © PriceGrabber

A part of the esteemed Sears Parenting Library, The Premature Baby Book is unique in that it really helps preemie moms and dads learn how to be great parents to their babies. Medical terms are explained and questions answered, but this book really shines in helping parents learn how to interact with their babies to help them develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. More »

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For the Love of Babies

For the Love of Babies
For the Love of Babies. Image courtesy of Sue L. Hall, MD

Filled with stories about NICU care and written by a neonatologist with over 25 years of experience, For the Love of Babies is at times funny, triumphant, and achingly sad. Each story is followed with notes to explain the medical issues involved, and written with love. It is fascinating to see inside the mind of this doctor as she works to save her tiny patients. More »

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