just a moment too soon is not just another book about premature birth – there are many – mostly written by parents giving first hand accounts of their experiential journey through one of the most difficult and turbulent times of their lives.
'just a moment too soon' is a comprehensive volume for parents of premature and sick term babies containing reliable, vital information on what to expect when you have a preterm or sick full-term infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Whilst the focus is on premature babies, 'just a moment too soon' also includes a section on what can go wrong for term babies requiring them to come to the NICU. This section contains in-depth explanations and aims of management for each condition.
These conditions include predictable situations and unpredictable ones:
Predictable includes: the infant of a diabetic mum; usually discussions have occurred between medical staff and parents prior to delivery warning them what to expect, and respiratory distress syndrome.
Unpredictable situations are those that come as a complete shock and relate to hypoxia or low oxygen before or during delivery. They include:
• Meconium Aspiration Syndrome,
• Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn,
• Birth Asphyxia,
• Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy, and
• Neonatal Strokes.
For in-depth information see p 169-184.