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“An essential resource for parents of premature babies”


Authors of Preemie Care

Karen Lasby (left), RN MN CNeoN(C)

With more than 35 years of experience as a neonatal nurse, educator and researcher, Karen has developed expertise in caring for premature babies and their families. Karen has led a specialized nursing team in post-discharge follow-up of extremely premature babies beyond the neonatal intensive care unit. Her experience, compassion, and dedication to preemies and parents make her a leading expert in the neonatal journey.

Tammy Sherrow (right), RN MN

During her 35 years as a nurse, Tammy has focused on the premature population, both in the NICU and in the community, as a staff nurse, educator, manager, and researcher. Tammy worked with a specialized neonatal team following very low birth weight preemies post discharge and knows firsthand the challenges they can face, especially during that first year. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.


“Finally A Guide to Preemie Parenthood”

Having a premature baby can feel like an unexpected journey on rough seas. With up-to-date and extensive information about how to look after your little one, Preemie Care will be a life raft through these tumultuous waters and steer you confidently through the first year of your baby’s life.

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In Preemie Care, you will learn:

- How to care for yourself and your baby while in the NICU

- What to expect at the time of discharge, and how to prepare for the journey home

- Strategies to foster your baby's health and prevent illness

- Everything you need to know about feeding from the breast and/or bottle

- How to support and stimulate your baby at each key developmental phase

- Tips for self-care during this challenging year

- And much, much more, including stories from other parents of preemies

Written for parents, but full of practical advice for healthcare professionals too, Preemie Care helps ease the unique preemie journey to health, with a comprehensive guide to the first year of life. Leading neonatal nurse specialists Karen Lasby and Tammy Sherrow draw on their decades of experience, empowering you with the knowledge and resources to give your little one the best possible start in life—in the NICU and at home.


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As a Neonatologist I have often wished preterm infants came with a manual to help families through the tumultuous times of the NICU, and beyond when they are home. Karen Lasby and Tammy Sherrow have produced an incredible resource that should be a “go to” reference for families experiencing the birth of a preemie. The intimate vignettes from those who have walked this path will be of great comfort to current families and provide them with the reassurance that their feelings and concerns are to be expected and can be addressed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs clarity on their journey through the NICU and support in transitioning to home.
— Dr. Michael Narvey, Neonatologist and creator of All Things Neonatal.
A Powerful book with heartfelt stories and an endless amount of data. This is a must read for any parent or family member who are dealing with a NICU experience. This book brought tears to our eyes as nothing is off limits and the content is raw and invaluable. Well written by incredibly educated authors.
— The Manna’s, the parents of their preemie baby
Finally, the ultimate “go to” book on all the challenges big and small that parents and families may encounter when they have a sick or very premature baby. Together, Karen and Tammy have combined decades of clinical expertise caring for babies acutely in the NICU but what sets them apart for being uniquely primed to write a book for parents of preterm babies is their vitally important perspective on what families come up against in the first few months after discharge. They have seen first hand the challenges families face, their fears and worries, what real or perceived issues arise and how they can be managed, practically. Phenomenal resource for parent’s getting ready to go home with their precious new family member.
— Dr. Deborah Clark, Neonatologist, Associate Clinical Professor
This book is a must-have for every preemie parent preparing for discharge from the NICU.  Too many of us have walked those halls in those final days and hours prior to discharge wishing we could bring home one of our nurses.  This is a great way to do exactly that. Well done!
— Deb Discenza, Mother to Becky, a 30-weeker, co-Author of The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU and CEO/Publisher of

What’s Inside

Here is a sneak peek of some of the key content areas covered in preemie care


What’s Inside - Pages 258-259

Preemie Care: A guide to navigate the first year with your premature baby recognizes that you are the most important key to your baby’s successful and healthy life. We offer you our six key points to serve as your “life preserver” to keep you afloat as you navigate the first year with your baby. We review the mental health concerns that may develop if your life preserver is not enough. Powerful parent stories are included to help you see that you are on a journey previously travelled by other parents. This book is packed with parent-tested, nurse-designed, and research-informed strategies and serves as a guide for parents to successfully navigate the unknown waters of prematurity during the first year. Although we can’t promise turbulence-free waters on your journey, we can assure you that following the advice in this book will help calm those seas.

What’s inside - Pages 52-53

Preemie Care: A guide to navigate the first year with your premature baby identifies key markers that your baby is getting close to discharge and signal that it’s time for you to increase your involvement with your baby. We also offer strategies to prepare yourself, your home, your family, and your baby for the big day. This information will help you avoid being caught off-guard when the discharge process steps up. We also offer advice for the first few weeks at home. Parents are typically uncertain how to shift from the discharge care instructions to adapting care to suit the baby’s growing needs. Our recommendations will help you prepare and will make a big difference to your transition home.



What’s Inside - Pages 124-125

Preemie Care: A guide to navigate the first year with your premature baby addresses the number one stressor for families at home - feeding. We cover every question and concern parents of premature babies have raised with us about feeding, from strategies for breastfeeding, bottle-feeding and tube-feeding to spoon-feeding, so that you can troubleshoot when your baby is not feeding well. Transitioning to baby-led feeding will be easier with our tips. We also provide guidance on common ailments from tummy troubles to reflux which often interfere with feeding. Our suggestions will help make feedings enjoyable and successful preventing long term feeding issues common to premature babies. In addition, we provide detailed information about preventing illness and promoting development. The book content encompasses everything you need to know about your premature baby’s health and wellness beyond the NICU!


Official Book Launch, April 2nd, 2019

Launched on Amazon worldwide!


Book launch at Mount Royal University, April 11th, 2019

New book by MRU nursing faculty members helps parents and caregivers provide for the littlest


CTV Morning Live Calgary (TV, Calgary) - June 10, 2019


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