Preemie development / Desenvolvimento do prematuro

Web Sites
This site, also available in Spanish, provides a list of massage trainers and consultants by state, along with other valuable parenting information.
An on-line support group for parents, friends, and families of premature infants and toddlers.
A resource for parents of preemies and for health care providers.
Emphasis is on the long-term effects of prematurity. Includes an e-mail support list, on-line forum, and information about how to be a "parent advocate" for your premature infant.
When you get to this page, click Parents of Preemies. Available in Spanish as well as English.

Books and Pamphlets

Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby by Gwen Gotsch. La Leche League International, 1999.

"Kangaroo Care" by Kathy Sleath (1995). This booklet describes the background and method of kangaroo care. Available from the author; e-mail

Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant by Susan Luddington-Hoe, Susan K. Golant, and Anthony J. Hadeed. Bantam Doubleday, 1993.

No Bigger Than My Teddy Bear by Valerie Pankow. Abingdon Press, 1998. This book gives older siblings some idea about what to expect from the new preemie who's joining their family.

"Nurturing Touch" by Kalena Babeshoff and Juliana Dellinger-Bavolek, 1993.

Available from Family Development Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 982350, Park City, Utah 84098; telephone 800-688-5822 or 435-649-5822; e-mail This booklet has all the important massage information, such as asking for permission, listening, and understanding infant cues. The illustrations are clear and are presented in an easy-to-use format. One caution: It's written for people with healthy term babies, so you'll need to adapt the strokes to your special baby.

The Preemie Parents' Companion by Susan L. Madden. Harvard Common Press, 2000.

Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies by Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, and Mia Wechsler Doron. Pocket Books, 2000.

The Premature Baby Book: A Parent's Guide to Coping and Caring in the First Years by Helen Harrison and Ann Kositsky. St. Martin's Press, 1983.

What to Do When Your Baby Is Premature: A Parent's Handbook for Coping With High-Risk Pregnancy and Caring for the Preterm Infant by Joseph A. Garcia-Prats and Sharon Simmons Hornfischer. Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Your Premature Baby and Child: Helpful Answers and Advice for Parents by Amy E. Tracy and Dianne I. Maroney, R.N., with Judy C. Bernbaum, M.D., and Jessie R. Groothuis, M.D. Berkley Books, 1999