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Title:
Understanding the NICU : what parents of preemies and other hospitalized newborns need to know / Jeanette Zaichkin, RN, MN, NNP-BC, editor in chief ; Gary Weiner, MD, FAAP, contributing editor; David Loren, MD, FAAP, contributing editor.
Title Variants:
Understanding the neonatal intensive care unit

What parents of preemies and other hospitalized newborns need to know
ISBN:
9781610020480
Publication Information:
Elk Grove Village, IL : American Academy Of Pediatrics, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
xix, 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Family Story Icons -- Please Note -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Family Story: Bailey Jo & Abraham -- Family Story: Kellan -- Family Story: Christopher -- An Unexpected Beginning -- Family Story: Lucy -- The NICU Journey Begins -- Family Story: Nathan -- Family Story: Pascal -- NICU Equipment and Tests -- Family Story: August (Auggie) -- Common Medical Problems -- Family Story: Holland & Eden -- Your Preterm Baby -- Family Story: Frankie -- Parenting in the NICU -- Family Story: Maxwell -- Feeding Your Baby -- Family Story: Sienna -- Homeward Bound -- Family Story: Niklas, Gabbie, & Lukas -- Home at Last -- Family Story: Allison & Reece -- Family Story: Jack & Henry -- As Your Child Grows -- The Loss of Your Baby -- Appendix -- Index.
Abstract:
"Most parents do not expect to begin life with their new baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). They often feel lost and powerless amidst this new world of medical vocabulary, technology, and numerous health care providers. Understanding the NICU will guide you through your NICU journey, help you communicate with members of the NICU team, and learn about your baby's condition so that you can ask questions and participate as a valuable partner in your baby's care. It will also provide important information about how to care for your baby after you leave the hospital and head home with your little one." -- Amazon.com.
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Summary

Most parents do not expect to begin life with their new baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). They often feel lost and powerless amidst this new world of medical vocabulary, technology, and numerous health care providers.

Understanding the NICU will guide you through your NICU journey, help you communicate with members of the NICU team, and learn about your baby's condition so that you can ask questions and participate as a valuable partner in your baby's care. It will also provide important information about how to care for your baby after you leave the hospital and head home with your little one.

Included in the book are inspirational stories from parents who have had their own NICU experiences, bringing hope and comfort to other parents with an infant who is hospitalized.

Understanding the NICU provides you with everything you need to know about
* Common NICU equipment and tests
* Common medical problems for babies in the NICU
* Special health issues for premature infants
* Who's who in the NICU and how to work with the team
* Mother-baby factors: effects on newborn health
* Feeding your baby
* Parenting in the NICU
* Birth defects and surgery
* Heading home from the NICU
* Home at last
* Caring for your baby in the first year

Intensive care is stressful by nature and overwhelming at times. Reading this book and learning about what happens in the NICU will help you gain confidence and feel more reassured about your baby's care in the NICU -- and at home.


Author Notes

Jeanette Zaichkin, RN, MN, NNP-BC, has been a neonatal nurse for more than 30 years. She has numerous publications and has served as a consultant and editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program since 1998. She is associate editor of the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 7th Edition. She lives in Tacoma, WA.
Gary Wainer, MD, FAAP, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Dr Weiner is the editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 7th Edition. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.
David Loren, MD, FAAP is Associate Medical Director, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) NICU and clinician-educator at all UWMC clinical practice sites. He lives in Seattle, WA.


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Library Journal Review

Having an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is extremely stressful, and parents need all the help they can get. Here is that support, written in a factual yet personable voice by NICU practitioners. Readers will learn not only what the equipment and tests in this environment are used for but also how to communicate with the NICU staff, what common medical issues are treated, instructions for home care, and dealing with the loss of a newborn. Images of infants in intensive care will help assuage the intensity of this experience, and the stories of parents throughout will go miles in providing hope and understanding. VERDICT Over 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. This is an important acquisition for all collections. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Family Story Iconsp. xiii
Please Notep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Family Story: Bailey Jo & Abrahamp. 1
Family Story: Kellanp. 5
Family Story: Christopherp. 9
Chapter 1 An Unexpected Beginningp. 13
Family Story: Lucyp. 33
Chapter 2 The NICU Journey Beginsp. 37
Family Story: Nathanp. 53
Family Story: Pascalp. 57
Chapter 3 NICU Equipment and Testsp. 61
Family Story: August (Auggie)p. 77
Chapter 4 Common Medical Problemsp. 81
Family Story: Holland & Edenp. 103
Chapter 5 Your Preterm Babyp. 107
Family Story: Frankiep. 133
Chapter 6 Parenting in the NICUp. 137
Family Story: Maxwellp. 161
Chapter 7 Feeding Your Babyp. 165
Family Story: Siennap. 189
Chapter 8 Homeward Boundp. 193
Family Story: Niklas, Gabble, & Lukasp. 219
Chapter 9 Home at Lastp. 223
Family Story: Allison & Reecep. 249
Family Story: Jack & Henryp. 253
Chapter 10 As Your Child Growsp. 257
Chapter 11 The Loss of Your Babyp. 275
Appendixp. 289
Indexp. 293

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