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Saint Marys Patients' Library: NICU Resources

Hospital Patients' Libraries serve hospitalized patients and their families.

NICU books available in the Mayo Rochester Hospital Patients' Libraries

Alex: The Fathering of a Preemie by Jeff Stimpson. 

RJ250 .S55 2004x      Saint Marys Campus Only

Stimpson's memoir of the first seven years of his preemie son Alex's life reads like a diary. Stimpson chronicles the day-to-day struggle to keep Alex alive and, later, to make something of a normal life for him as Stimpson and his wife slowly come to terms with their child's physical and mental limitations. 

Baby Massage: Calming Power of Touch by Dr. Alan Heath & Nicki Bainbridge.   

RJ53 .M35 H43 2004     Saint Marys Campus Only

Reinforce the loving bond between you and your baby with easy-to-learn massage techniques that soothe and promote all-around wellbeing.

Growing Sophia: The Story of a Premature Birth by Rochelle Barsuhn. 

RJ250 .N54 2008x      Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus

This collection of short vignettes gives readers a peek into the mind of a parent of a preemie and into all the hopes and fears and trials that come with the situation.

Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe by Alexa Stevenson. 

RJ250 .S743 2010     Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus

From the indignities of infertility treatments to managing bedrest and parenting a preemie (how does one wrangle an oxygen tank while changing a diaper?), Alexa recounts her rocky road to motherhood with a uniquely sharp, funny, yet poignant voice.

Kangaroo Babies: A Different Way of Mothering by Nathalie Charpak. 

RJ250 .C4313 2006x     Saint Marys Campus Only

The book explains how to use the technique and why it helps regulate the baby’s body temperature so that it can continue to grow, stimulates breastfeeding, and gives the baby a wonderful feeling of security and strengthened bonding.

Love and Hope in the NICU: Thoughts and Words of Inspiration for Your Journey in the NICU by Cassandra R. Melhuish.

RJ253.5 .M454 2012x     Saint Marys Campus Only

It's small in size but this book will make a BIG impact in your life. Each page has a full color inspiring photo and words written by a NICU mom whose own NICU journey was 6 months. 

Miracle Birth Stories of Very Premature Babies by Timothy Smith. 

RJ250 .S46 1999     Saint Marys Campus Only

Written by a prize-winning journalist and father of a now-thriving micro-preemie, this uplifting testament to hope is filled with parents' stories of their preemies and micro-preemies, complete with details of their struggles in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), with harrowing series of life-threatening conditions, and with accounts of extraordinarily delicate and risky surgical procedures.

A Pound of Hope by Michele Munro Kemper. 

RJ281 .K46 2012x      Saint Marys Campus Only

This is the true story of the heart-wrenching struggle for survival, devastating financial loss, and the power of hope that comes with extremely premature babies born nearly four months early.

Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood by Kasey Mathews. 

RJ250 .M378 2012      Saint Marys Campus Only

In her early thirties, Kasey Mathews had it all: a loving husband, a beautiful two-year-old son, and a second baby on the way. But what seemed a perfect life was shattered when she went into labor four months early, delivering her one-pound, eleven-ounce daughter, Andie.

Preemie Care: A Guide to Navigating the First Year with Your Premature Baby by Karen Lasby & Tammy Sherrow. 

RJ250 .L37 2019x     Saint Marys Campus Only

Helps ease the unique preemie journey to health, with a comprehensive guide to the first year of life.

Preemie Parents: Recovering from Baby’s Premature Birth. 

RJ250 .M43 2007     Saint Marys Campus Only

Psychotherapist Lisa McDermott-Perez, joined in this work by several medical experts also offering insights, reveals the world of preemie parents and the emotional stresses they face before and after the birth. From feelings of guilt and anger over real and imagined mistakes, to depression, jealousy and fear, we learn how traumatic this time can be fbr mothers and fathers. 

Preemie Parents: 26 Ways to Grow with Your Premature Baby by Tami Gaines. 

RJ250 .G35 2011x      Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus

By openly sharing her real-life story, Tami helps readers gain strength and resilience as they support their small baby.

The Preemie Parents’ Companion: The Essential Guide to Caring for Your Premature Baby in the Hospital, at Home, and Through the First Years by Susan L. Madden, M.S. 

RJ250.3 .M34 2000     Saint Marys Campus Only

Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies by Dana Wechsler Linden. 

RJ 250 .L56 2010     Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus

Answers the dozens of questions that parents will have at every stage—from high-risk pregnancy through preemie hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years—imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand.

The Premature Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One by William Sears. 

RJ 250 .P723 2004       Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus

Small Wonder: The Story of a Child Born Too Soon by Susan Lascala. 

RJ253.5 .B66 2009     Saint Marys Campus Only

A mother of a premature infant tells her story of being in limbo between life and death when her child is born too soon.

Your Premature Baby: The First Five Years by Nikki Bradford. 

RJ250.3 .B73 2003x     Saint Marys Campus Only

A definitive guide to every aspect of nurturing a child who is born too soon. Reassuring and frank, it informs and guides parents right from their baby's too-early birth into the growing years.

For Children

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  Juvenile Fiction.     Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus

My Brother is Like a Baby Bird by Amy Tiller.  Preemie Fiction.     Saint Marys Campus Only

N is for NICU by Alyssa Veech.  Preemie Fiction.     Saint Marys Campus Only

No Bigger Than My Teddy Bear by Valerie Pankow.  Preemie Fiction.     Saint Marys Campus Only

Waiting for Baby: A Sibling Visits the NICU by Jennifer Bracci.  Preemie Fiction.     Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus


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