Books 📚

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At the incubator, we are convinced that books can, and should, play an essential role in our lives. As neonatologists working in the NICU, we are witnessing on a daily basis the positive effects of books/reading on our patients. Data from Georgetown University recently published in the journal of perinatology showed that neonates who were read to by their parents in the NICU experienced less desaturations events. This effect not only took place during the reading exposure but even up to one hour after reading was completed. 🤯 Furthermore, the effects of reading on a newborn's brain have been well demonstrated. Infants to whom books are read have better brain development and language development in early childhood. Books can have a powerful impact on us grown ups too. Ryan Holiday cleverly said that we should make time to read every day the same way we make time to eat. One feeds to body, the other feeds your soul. Reading will reduce both stress and anxiety but even more importantly will make you feel connected to other human beings. CS Lewis famously said: "We read to know we are not alone". In our effort to bring together the neonatal community, we have compiled a list of amazing books for you. They range from baby books to more "serious" books for parents and providers. This list represents a selection of books we have enjoyed reading and we are happy to keep growing this list thanks to your suggestions. Let us know if you would like to nominate a book by simply emailing us.


Our Preemie Adventure by Adam Wood
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Ari the Brave's Jungle Journey by Krystal Wallick (Author) and Sarah Nettuno (Illustrator)
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When All Becomes New: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Love, and Loss by Benjamin Rattray
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We had the pleasure of interviewing Benjamin Rattray on the podcast, you can find his interview here.


The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies by Dawn Raffel
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We had the pleasure of interviewing Dawn Raffel and chat with her about Dr. Couney and her book. Check out her interview here.


A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future by Perri Klass MD
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We had the pleasure of chatting with Perri Klass on the show. Check out her interview here.


Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What It Teaches Us About Being Human by Sarah DiGregorio
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Tiny Humans, Big Lessons: How the NICU Taught Me to Live With Energy, Intention, and Purpose by Sue Ludwig
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Breathe, Baby, Breathe!: Neonatal Intensive Care, Prematurity, and Complicated Pregnancies by Annie Janvier MD
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