Coming Home From the NICU

Coming Home From the NICU

A Guide for Supporting Families in Early Infant Care and Development

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VandenBerg (neonatology, U. of California-San Francisco) and Hanson (childhood special education, San Francisco State U.) originally wrote two books, one for professionals and one for parents of babies born prematurely and who were making the transition from hospital to home. Here they have combined the two, so some parts will be more interesting than others to particular readers. Among the topics are the impact of newborn intensive care experience, bringing baby home from the neonatology intensive care unit, understanding early infant behavior and development, supporting families, and finding resources for children with special needs. The disk contains handouts that can be printed and sent home with parents, or posted in the office. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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For families of an infant leaving the NICU, nothing’s more exciting—and challenging—than the critical transition to home life with their baby. Support the NICU-to-home transition with this accessible book, the complete guide to helping parents meet their baby’s special needs and promote optimal development in the first year after homecoming.

Invaluable for a wide range of professionals—including early interventionists, OTs, PTs, public health nurses, physicians, and social workers—this book is the key to providing family-centered, developmentally supportive guidance in the months after the NICU. Professionals will deepen their understanding of the emotional and physical challenges of the NICU experience, and they’ll get in-depth guidance on how to support parents effectively as they

  • develop a loving and satisfying relationship with their baby
  • manage the changes to their daily routines and home environment
  • recognize, interpret, and respond to the baby’s signals and behaviors
  • actively encourage motor and language development
  • support the baby’s management of sleep/wake cycles
  • identify concerns about the baby’s development
  • learn the timing, intensity, and amount of activity that work for their unique baby
  • promote their baby’s self-regulation
  • locate and access community resources and social supports

To illuminate the incredible strength of parents of premature infants, the book includes powerful stories of real families who share their experiences of supporting and loving their babies in the NICU and beyond. Readers will also receive printable handouts to share with families—Coming Home: What to Expect; Reading Your Baby’s Cues; Feeding Your Baby; Positioning and Handling Strategies; Communicating With Your Baby; Playing With Your Baby; Helping Your Baby Learn; and more—and lists of resources, websites, and organizations that provide additional information and support.

With this definitive guide from two leading experts in infant development and early intervention, professionals will provide sensitive, effective support and guidance to new parents as they make a smooth transition to home life and develop strong relationships with their babies.

Support the transition from NICU to home with this accessible book, the complete guide to helping parents meet their baby's special needs, develop strong parent-child bonds, and ensure optimal development in the first year after homecoming.

Publisher: Baltimore : Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2013
ISBN: 9781598570199
Characteristics: x, 150 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Hanson, Marci J.


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