A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief

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JHU Press, Dec 29, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 408 pages
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A Gift of Time is a gentle and practical guide for parents who decide to continue their pregnancy knowing that their baby's life will be brief.

When prenatal testing reveals that an unborn child is expected to die before or shortly after birth, some parents will choose to proceed with the pregnancy and to welcome their child into the world. With compassion and support, A Gift of Time walks them step-by-step through this challenging and emotional experience—from the infant's life-limiting prenatal diagnosis and the decision to have the baby to coping with the pregnancy and making plans for the baby’s birth and death.

A Gift of Time also offers inspiration and reassurance through the memories of numerous parents who have loved a child who did not survive. Their moving experiences are stories of grief—and of hope. Their anguish over the prenatal diagnosis turns to joy and love during the birth of their child and to gratitude and peace when reflecting on their baby’s short life.

Full of practical suggestions for parents and for caregivers, A Gift of Time also features the innovative concept of perinatal hospice and palliative care. Caring and thoughtful, the book helps parents embrace the extraordinary time they will have with their child.

 

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Contents

Receiving Your Babys Diagnosis
1
Making Decisions about Continuing Your Pregnancy
18
Grieving and Adjusting to Your New Path
53
Settling in for the Rest of Your Pregnancy
93
Choosing Care for Your Baby
140
Preparing for Your Babys Birth Life and Death
165
Birth Experiences and Meeting Your Baby
193
Holding on and Letting Go
246
After Your Baby Dies
298
Ten Reflections
339
Appendix Sample Birth Plan
375
Notes
377
Index
385
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Amy Kuebelbeck, a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press, wrote about her experience losing a child in Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby’s Brief Life. Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and expert in the emotional aspects of neonatal medical ethics and perinatal bereavement. She is the author of Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby.

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