The Preemie Primer: A Complete Guide for Parents of Premature Babies--from Birth Through the Toddler Years and Beyond

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-29
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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If your baby is premature-born before 37 weeks of pregnancy-you're not alone. Having a premature baby is a crash course in medicine, health economics, and parenting combined. Parents often face complex decisions and overwhelming worry, and the challenges can extend well beyond those early days and weeks. Now, in The Preemie Primer, Dr. Jennifer Gunter provides you with crucial support.

Author Biography

Jennifer Gunter, MD, is an internationally renowned ob/gyn and leading expert in the field of women’s pain medicine. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prologue: Our Storyp. xiii
The Beginningp. 1
Prematurity 101p. 3
Causes of Prematurity and Interventionsp. 11
Multiple Pregnancyp. 23
Your Deliveryp. 33
Your Premature Baby and the Hospitalp. 41
The First Few Daysp. 43
Prematurity and the Lungsp. 55
The Cardiovascular Systemp. 69
The Nervous System and Prematurityp. 79
Infection in the NICUp. 93
Blood: Understanding Tests and Disordersp. 101
Nutrition and Feeding in the Hospitalp. 111
Gastrointestinal Problems in the NICUp. 121
Vision and Hearingp. 131
The Mind-Body Connectionp. 141
Emotional Healthp. 143
Medical Mindfulnessp. 153
Making the System Work for youp. 161
Navigating Your Health Insurancep. 163
Prescription Drugsp. 179
Government and Other Assistance Programsp. 187
Life at Homep. 197
Going Homep. 199
Primary Carep. 209
Infection Controlp. 219
Lungs at Homep. 229
Growth and Nutritionp. 239
The Preemie Gastrointestinal Tract: Constipation, Reflux, Food Allergies, and Colicp. 251
Milestones and Neurological Concernsp. 265
Preemies Get Diaper Rash, Toop. 279
Other Things you Should Knowp. 291
What No One Else Will Tell Youp. 293
Epilogue: If We Did It, So Can Youp. 303
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Contributorsp. 311
Appendix: Growth Charts for Boys and Girlsp. 313
Glossaryp. 317
Indexp. 323
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