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“An invaluable resource.”—William Sears, MD

The premature birth of a baby is both a medical and a family crisis. Within the pages of this comprehensive guide, parents will find compassionate support, practical suggestions for coping and adjusting, and advice that empowers them to handle an array of emotions.


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Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child

  • Deborah L. Davis, PhD is a developmental psychologist who writes books that support parents through crisis, including the death of a baby (Empty Cradle, Broken Heart; Stillbirth, Yet Still Born), premature birth (Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child), parenting in the NICU (Intensive Parenting), making decisions about end-of-life care (Loving and Letting Go and When Courage Lies in Letting Go), and perinatal hospice (A Gift of Time). Over the past 20 years, parents have found comfort, hope, and healing in her books. Dr. Davis has also written professional articles, position statements, and book chapters on medical ethics, perinatal bereavement care, and NICU parenting, and she advocates for training and supporting the health care practitioners who work with these families. She is forever inspired by the resilience parents demonstrate and the transformation that takes place after surviving trauma. She also writes a blog for Psychology Today online.

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