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.
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.
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!
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