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Born Too Early

Premature children suffering consequences of their early birth do not grow out of them, and new difficulties may appear as they mature. The sum of negative influences from the time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, eventual problems with interaction, and later a defective or delayed development, can cause continuous problems for premature children. These children can however be protected if we initiate the necessary support.An early effort can prevent the typical consequences of pre-term birth, so that the children will have quite a normal childhood. If the minor difficulties are identified, it is possible to take care of them before they develop into huge problems, and that is just the purpose of this book: to give parents, and professionals close to the child, a possibility to prevent, repair, and rebuild.Born Too Early does not deal with the more usual handicaps but exclusively with the less visible consequences of pre-term birth, which are rarely diagnosed. The book describes the causes of these problems and also details possibilities for prevention, support and treatment as well as the need for public support arrangement.
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About the Author

Jonna Jepsen is a mother of prematurely born children. She has taught the topic to kindergarten staff, pre-school teachers, special needs teachers, nurses and health visitors. She founded, and has been president of, the Danish Premature Society.


'Why was this book not written earlier? Why could Jonna Jepsen not find anything to refer to when she was asked where one could find information about all the problems that prematurely born children can run into later on in their lives? In my opinion it is a matter of perspective. As a parent, as an ardent person behind the Danish Society for Premature Children [Dansk Praematur Forening], as a lecturer to parents and to professionals within social services and health care, and through extensive reading, Jonna Jepsen has achieved a unique perspective: one that focuses upon the pain caused by the disadvantaged start, the respect for the little miracle that every child is, and the will to find solutions to the problems. One cannot help being impressed by this, and I believe that this book is very valuable. It shows what can be achieved through solid perseverance. I think that the reason why a book such as this has not been written before is because no one coming from any other perspective could try to cover so many professionals areas, be open to so many different information sources,and have such faith in the many and varied kinds of treatment.'- Gorm Greisen, MD, from the Foreword, Professor, Paediatrician at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen

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