Parents of Former ‘Micropreemie’ Twins Write A Book Designed To Help
CARY , N.C. – A North Carolina husband and wife who were thrust into the unfamiliar,
terrifying world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) upon the birth of their premature
twins have written a book to help others in similar situations.
Nicole Zimmerman and Edward Sprague announce a book designed to help parents
of “preemies,” their families and friends – as well as healthcare providers who care for these
children -- to understand and navigate the uncertainty surrounding premature births.
The NICU Rollercoaster: How to Set Up and Use an Online Blog to Help Survive the
Ups, Downs, Agonies and Joys of Your Baby’s Stay explains common problems preemies
face, offers suggestions for coping, and shares the authors’ experiences. The innovative
format combines helpful “how to survive” advice with blog entries and blog reader comments.
For Nicole and her husband, Edward, a seemingly healthy pregnancy took an
unexpected turn and resulted in the birth of two profoundly, premature babies. Like so many
parents of “preemies” or other newborns with medical issues, they suddenly were engulfed by
the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit system.
This couple quickly learned the meaning of the “NICU rollercoaster.” One day
everything was going well, the next day one of the babies was very sick. The ups and downs
were constant and agonizing. They recount that the 160 days between July 7, 2006 and
December 14, 2006 were the most emotionally trying times of their lives.
Comfort came from a surprising source: the Internet, they write. Not only have
amazing medical advances reached the NICU, but so has popular culture. Today, many
hospitals have computers for patient and family use. Some hospitals even encourage the use
of blogs to help patients cope with difficult medical issues.
In the book they share that the only time they could relax was when they were holding
their babies or when they were blogging. Blogging became their main coping mechanism.
While there have been books and diaries published about the NICU in the past, this is the first
time a book of this kind has been published in an interactive blog format.