NICU Parenting   
The Emotional Journey

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Intensive Parenting:
Surviving the Emotional Journey through the NICU

(Fulcrum, 2013) Deborah L. Davis, PhD & Mara Tesler Stein, PsyD 
­When a newborn baby needs intensive care, it’s not just a medical crisis. It’s a family crisis.

This book focuses on the experiences, feelings, and relationship issues that families face when a baby is admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Best-selling authors Deborah Davis, PhD, and Mara Tesler Stein, PsyD, carry forward themes from their earlier book, Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey, into this new volume, which features updated content for a broader audience, specifically any parent whose baby is in the NICU for any reason. By focusing solely on the NICU parenting experience, this book offers a concise and accessible guide. 

Intensive Parenting is also the best source for health care practitioners who work with NICU families, and for relatives and friends who are trying understand this complex experience while offering parents comfort, support, and strength.

Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey   (Fulcrum, 2004)
Deborah L. Davis, PhD &  Mara Tesler Stein, PsyD 
Written for parents of babies & children born prematurely, this comprehensive guide provides compassionate support, valuable information, and practical suggestions for coping and adjusting. Full of incisive quotes from parents who've been there, this book covers the emotional NICU journey, adjustment after homecoming, your baby's ongoing development, advocating for your child, subsequent pregnancy, and your healing transformation.

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby (Fulcrum, 1996) Deborah L. Davis, PhD 
Written for parents who've experienced the death of a baby at any time during pregnancy or infancy. A compassionate guide to the emotional landscape following this tragedy, it offers valuable information on the grieving process and strategies for coping. This book gives you warm understanding and support so you can find your way through grief. Filled with incisive quotes from bereaved parents, you'll find reassurance that your reactions are normal-- and that you are not alone.

"This gentle book fills a void often overlooked in today's high-tech world of miracle babies..." —

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

"As parents and caregivers search for an understanding of mourning and the 'how-to's' of meeting those emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs they will find their questions explored and a direction for answers. It is a book that every bereaved parent will want as they walk through grief." -- Sister Jane Marie Lamb, OSF, founder and director, National SHARE Office, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Illinois  

"Empty Cradle, Broken Heart not only sits by your side, it reaches out and touches your heart."
- Joy Johnson, co-director of the Centering Corporation

A Gift of Time
: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life is Expected to Be Brief.
Amy Kuebelbeck & Deborah L. Davis, PhD
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

When prenatal testing reveals that the baby will likely die before or shortly after birth,
some parents will choose to proceed with the pregnancy and to welcome their child into the world. With compassion and support, A Gift of Time walks them step-by-step through this challenging and emotional experience-- from the infant's diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and the decision to have the baby, to coping with the pregnancy and making plans for the baby's birth and death. 
A Gift of Time also offers inspiration and reassurance through the memories of numerous parents who have loved a child who did not survive. Their moving eperiences are stories of grief-- and of hope. Their anguish over the prenatal diagnosis can turn to joy and love during the birth of their child and to gratitude and peace when reflecting on their baby's brief life.

Loving and Letting Go:
For Bereaved Parents who Decided to Turn Away from Aggressive Medical Intervention for Their Critically Ill Newborn

by Deborah L. Davis, PhD  (Centering, 1993; 2008)

Turning away from aggressive medical intervention for your critically ill newborn is surely one of the most profound, poignant, wrenching, and heartfelt decisions you will ever make. The urge to hold onto your baby at all costs can be so strong, and yet your sense of what is best for your child prevailed upon you to give your child wings. This book confirms the love, wisdom, courage, and faith that lie at the heart of letting go, and offers support for grieving and finding peace.

When Courage Lies in Letting Go:
Turning Toward End-of-Life Palliative Care for Your Child
By Deborah L. Davis, PhD
Formerly Titled: "Fly Away Home"
(Centering, 2008)
This gentle, parent-friendly book affirms parents who are considering palliative care, or have already decided against continued agressive medical intervention for their dying child.  Listen to the stories of parents who have been there.  Read about what "medical miracles" can really mean, gain reassurance about the dying process, and know that your decisions come from love, devotion, and the courage that lies in letting go.

Stillbirth, Yet Still Born:
Grieving and Honoring Your Precious Baby
 (Fulcrum, 2014)
Deborah L. Davis, PhD 
This book supports parents during the early hours, days, and weeks after they discover that their baby has died before birth. It offers comfort to parents who must labor and deliver with this knowledge, and it offers ideas on spending time with their baby, honoring their little one, and facing their grief. Family members and caregivers will find much information on how to support these parents in their time of greatest need.


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