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{Book Review} Peanut: A Storybook for Mighty Preemie Babies

Sometimes preemie parents take their traumatic NICU experiences and turn them into something positive. Preemie mom, Lindsay Nolan, is one of these parents.

Lindsay never expected to become a preemie parent. “I come from a family of nine girls,” said Lindsay, “so I figured if my mother could handle pregnancy that many times, my first pregnancy would hopefully go nice and smooth.”

Unfortunately, Lindsay developed preeclampsia early in her pregnancy and her son Henry arrived at 32 weeks gestation weighing 2 pounds 15 ounces. He quickly dropped to 2 pounds, 5 ounces.

“My NICU experience had its ups and downs.” said Nolan. “I was so in love with my child. It was rare that I left the hospital in the two months I was there, only to grab a few necessities from home and return.”

To cope with the stress of having her only child in the hospital, Lindsay began writing a “love story” to her preemie son. “It was my way of documenting what happened for when he was older.” Eventually, the private love story transformed into a way to offer other preemie parents hope. [Read more]

{Book Review} Precious Infants: Courageous Stories of Premature Birth

Many of our readers may not know that I have a background in art. I grew up with a pencil in my hand, drawing everything in sight, and I followed that path all the way through college, getting my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. So when I was offered the opportunity to read and review Precious Infants: Courageous Stories of Premature Birth, which features beautiful pencil renderings of preemies alongside their birth stories, I was thrilled. Black and white pencil drawings have always been some of my favorites.

Artist Bethany Kerr is not a preemie parent, but she is a mother. The idea for the book came about when she shared her artwork to a preemie group and offered to draw a portrait for one randomly-selected parent. “Little did I know that I would fall in love with each and every little face that was shared,” says Kerr. “I realized that something inside me would not allow me to just draw one. Something was telling me I had to do more.” That one portrait turned into 50, and by the end of 2014, Kerr had drawn over 160 preemie portraits. 94 of them are included in this book. [Read more]

Book Review: Go Preemies! by A.P. Male

At Hand to Hold we like celebrating the milestone, amazing achievements of our preemies as Preemie Power. We were excited when Andy Male published a book titled Go Preemies! (Millman Publishing Group, 2014), which highlights the stories of preemies who changed the world with their preemie power. Examples include:

three of the most influential scientists of all time: Albert Einstein, Isaac Newtown and Charles Darwin.
Nobel Peace Prize leader Winston Churchill.
An Olympic Champion Wilma Ruldolph
An American literary genius Mark Twain.
and many others…. [Read more]

Book Review: Girl in Glass by Deanna Fei

Deanna Fei, author of Girl in Glass (Bloomsbury Books, 2015), didn’t seek national attention. Fei’s four month NICU stay with her daughter Mila led to a national uproar when AOL CEO Tim Armstrong identified her daughter as a “distressed baby.” [Read more]

Ready for Air – {Review + Giveaway!}

Though I was provided with a copy of Ready for Air for review, all opinions expressed are my own. A confession: I am cautious about reading prematurity memoirs, for two reasons. First, they bring back to consciousness feelings from the day of Daphne’s birth and her darkest NICU days. I am not actively trying to […]