The Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby
Sandra M. Lane, MA, SLP & Brenda S. Miles, PhD, Authors
Shelly Hehenberger, Illustrator
Magination Press, Fiction, Oct. 25, 2015
Themes: Premature babies, Parent and child, Love
Suitable for Ages: 0-2
Opening: “Before you were born, I imagined touching you, hold you, kissing you.”
Book Jacket Synopsis: The Moment You Were Born is a gentle and soothing story for you and your baby as you share moments in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Read about the doctors and nurses providing care, about the machines that beep and hum, and about life all around. Reading and talking to your baby are ways to provide a loving connection during your time in the NICU. Your voice can comfort and caress, strengthen the bond between you and your baby.
Why I like this book:
The Moment You Were Born is a beautiful love poem to a baby born prematurely. The text is lyrical and the words sing off the pages as parents pour their love, hopes and dreams into the pure joy waiting their eager touch.
The authors wrote their sensitive book “for your baby and not about your baby.” It is to be read by parents to their baby during the neonatal experience to encourage bonding and connection. It is also a book that will help parents can share with their child in later years to explain and show their early beginnings.
Shelly Hehenberger’s richly textured illustrations are breathtaking, soothing and diverse. They are created digitally using hand-painted textures and overlays. Children of all races and cultures will see themselves in her delightful artwork.
Resources: There is a Note to Parents and Caregivers in the back pages with more ideas about sharing the NICU experience and staying close to their baby. Parents are encouraged to be present with their baby, using their voice to touch through talking, reading books and singing lullabies. They are urged to learn about their baby’s care, connect with other parents and caregivers, take care of themselves and seek support.
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