EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique (also called tapping) is an emotional version of acupuncture without needles. When we have an emotional issue we would like to address we can use this simple technique to help us move through and process the issue in a very short period of time. Properly done, this frequently reduces the therapeutic process from months or years down to hours or minutes. And, since emotional stress can contribute to pain, disease and physical ailments, we often find that EFT provides astonishing physical relief.
The experience of parenting a premature infant in the NICU is often overwhelming. Although the health of our baby(s) is our greatest concern, in the day to day life in the NICU, it is the little things that medical professionals do that make a difference. Preemie parents from all over the world came together (via www.preemie-l.org) to create a list for nurses and doctors that will help them understand the intricate needs and desires of parents and families. Please feel free to print this list and give it to anyone who may benefit from it.
Your Premature Baby and Child – Helpful Answers and Advice for Parents
Your Premature Baby and Child
YOUR PREMATURE BABY AND CHILD
gives parents guidance on issues such as:
• Homecoming Preparation
• Medical Problems
• Feeding Concerns
• Development and Early Intervention
• Transitioning to School
• Emotional Support
“Full of practical advice.”
~Richard B. Johnston, Jr., M.D., Past Medical Director,
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
“Your Premature Baby and Child balances both informational and emotional needs of mothers and fathers of preterm children. I have no doubt this book is going to become an excellent resource. Parents will refer to it often during their preemie’s childhood.”
Jacinto A. Hernández, M.D.,
Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology Section, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mackenzie Irene Maroney became the most precious birthday gift a mother could ask for. Mackenzie and I will always celebrate our birthdays together with joy and triumph, as we remember how hard she fought for her life for so many years.
Mackenzie was born 14 weeks early on April 21, 1993 weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces (790 grams). Her two big brothers had been born at term without any major problems, so my husband and I were very surprised by her early birth. Although the doctors prescribed medication and bedrest to stop my early labor, infection and an abruption of the placenta won. Before delivery, I received steroids to help improve Mackenzie’s lung development and Phenobarbitol to protect her brain from an intraventricular bleed which often causes significant long-term problems for premature infants. Mackenzie spent almost four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Presbyterian/St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, Colorado. I remember the first time I saw her; her tiny, scrawny body looked like a baby bird’s. But her dark, curly hair with a carefully placed pink bow made her human, and the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. During her 108 days in the NICU, she lived through lung disease, heart problems, infection in her blood, poor growth, eye injury, blood transfusions and a serious aspiration of formula into her lungs. One sentence can’t begin to sum up the many months of mine and my family’s heartache, nor the intense suffering experienced by one exceptionally strong little girl.