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Annotated Bibliography of Books About Special Situations and Family Health

Brock, Steven, Kenneth Brock, Nancy Bruning
NATURAL RELIEF FOR YOUR CHILD'S ASTHMA
HarperPerennial, 1999

A compendium of complementary medicine available to curb asthma in children, which supplements conventional approaches with exciting natural remedies. Useful forms and lists assist the parent/child team in assessing the complete health picture and devising a plan of action. Reading lists, support group contacts, and natural remedy suppliers are provided in the back of the book.

Charpak, Nathalie
KANGAROO BABIES
Souvenir Press, 2007

The book provides a detailed description on how and when the Kangaroo technique is implemented and how it helps make a difference for both parents and infants.

Clarke, Adrienne
LIVING ORGANIC
Sourcebooks, 2001
Living Organic is the ultimate handbook for those wanting to learn more about living naturally, avoiding toxins and moving towards a healthier lifestyle. In harmony with the choice to breastfeed, this book offers practical advice, helpful hints, and additional resources for living a modern life without the addition of unnecessary chemicals.

Coloroso, Barbara
THE BULLY, THE BULLIED AND THE BYSTANDER
HarperCollins, 2003

A must-read for all parents concerned about their child's emotional and physical wellbeing, Barbara Coloroso gives the reader a clear understanding of the underlying dynamics between the bully, the bullied and the bystander. Learn how to identify bullying in its myriad forms which will enable the parent to intervene without delay. Divided into two clear sections, Part One examines the problem, whilst Part Two addresses breaking the cycle of violence and creating a caring home, school and community where all children feel loved and safe. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2005.)

Coloroso, Barbara
PARENTING THROUGH CRISIS: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change
HarperCollins, 2001

Coloroso helps parents handle family crises, such as illness of a parent or child, death of a parent or sibling, divorce, remarriage, single parenting, and adoption. She stresses that in all cases, children need attention, affection, and a sense of optimism to weather the crisis. The book provides constructive ideas for dealing with each situation according to a child's age and stage of development. Children with disabilities are also addressed respectfully and constructively. This book will make any reader more appreciative of the resiliency and strength of the human spirit.

Cummings, Stephen and Dana Ullman
EVERYBODY'S GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES
Tarcher/ Putnam, 3rd ed. 1997

An excellent, comprehensive reference to homeopathy, one of the fastest-growing alternative approaches to health and healing. Clear and easy to read, practical. Covers minor illnesses and injuries and helps parents broaden their home care skills. Information is also given on how to recognize a situation that requires professional help. Includes an annotated bibliography.

Davis, Deborah
EMPTY CRADLE, BROKEN HEART
Fulcrum, 1996

Helps parents to deal with the loss of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death, and guides them along the path to emotional recovery.

DeBecker, Gavin
PROTECTING THE GIFT: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)
Dell, 2002

In this empowering book, DeBecker assists parents in the important task of keeping their chidlren safe by providing them with up-to-date information on children adn safety. Throwing aside common myths about danger, DeBecker gives parents peace of mind. The book covers topics such as: choosing a child-care professional, safety at school, spotting sexual predators, and what teenagers need to know in order to be safe. (The 1991 version of this book was reviewed in LEAVEN, Dec 2004-Jan 2005.)

Faldet, Rachel & Karen Fitton, eds.
OUR STORIES OF MISCARRIAGE Healing with Words
Fairview Press, 1997

A compilation of essays, poems, and journal entries by men and women who have lost a child through miscarriage. A touching, beautiful book about loss and healing, longing and fulfillment. The stories bring comfort to others who mourn their lost babies. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Mar-Apr 1998)

Gordon, Sol
ONE MIRACLE AT A TIME: Getting Help for a Child with a Disability
Simon & Schuster, 1993

This practical resource for parents of children with disabilities offers encouragement, comfort, and many other types of support. Includes the pros and cons of "mainstreaming" children into regular educational settings, as well as advice from parents about how to to handle the emotional, bureaucratic, and other challenges of raising a child with special needs.

Gotsch, Gwen
BREASTFEEDING YOUR PREMATURE BABY
LLLI, rev. ed. 2002

Offers parents a basic guide to help them provide the benefits of human milk to their tiny infant. From pumping tips and establishing an adequate milk supply to getting baby started at the breast and coming home, this book provides the kind of information and reassurance that parents need. with complete references and resource list. (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov, 2000.)

Gromada, Karen
MOTHERING MULTIPLES: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More!
LLLI, 3rd ed., 2007

“Can I breastfeed twins?” “How will I coordinate nursing triplets?” “Will my body produce enough milk for quadruplets?” Many mothers of multiples find themselves asking these questions. The simple answer: Yes! In this third revised edition of Mothering Multiples, author Karen Kerkhoff Gromada offers valuable information with an emphasis on breastfeeding and attachment-style parenting. All aspects of caring for multiple babies are addressed, including possible complications of pregnancy, preparing for a multiple birth, coping with newborns who might need to spend time in a NICU, establishing a milk supply for multiple babies, adjusting as a couple, and caring for toddler multiples.

Hart, Charles
A PARENT'S GUIDE TO AUTISM
Simon & Schuster, 1993

In question and answer format, this book offers clear and reassuring advice to the parent of a child who is autistic. Chapters address possible causes of autism, symptoms, treatment, and education options. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, July-Aug 1994.)

Hormann, Elizabeth
BREASTFEEDING AN ADOPTED BABY AND RELACTATION
La Leche League International, 2007

Did you know that induced lactation and relactation are possible? Author Elizabeth Hormann explains how in this book. Some of the topics discussed include: preparation for adoptive breastfeeding; substances that stimulate milk production; beginning breastfeeding with an adopted baby; and sources of support for adoptive parents. Ideal for mothers who wish to breastfeed an adopted baby or relactate, as well as for health professionals

Lang, Sandra
BREASTFEEDING SPECIAL CARE BABIES
Balliere Tindall, 2nd ed., 2002

A complete guide to life with a baby who needs special care in the hospital. It begins with a discussion of why breast milk is so important for these babies and covers what both mothers and babies experience during the hospital stay, including solutions to many common problems. It is well-indexed and very helpful to anyone supporting a mother and her child in a special care situation. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov 2000.)

Lee, John
WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT PREMENOPAUSE: BALANCE YOUR HORMONES AND YOUR LIFE FROM THIRTY TO FIFTY
Warner, 1999

A guide to treating many concerns of women in their 30s and 40s in a more natural fashion than is practiced by many doctors. This book presents information about how the hormones in our bodies work and how they can become unbalanced due to dietary and environmental influences. Dr. Lee explains his theory of estrogen dominance, its causes and symptoms, and recommends the use of natural progesterone to correct it. LLLI takes no position on treatment modes discussed and encourages women to discuss such issues with a health care professional who shares their values about health and healing.

Luddington-Hoe, Susan
KANGAROO CARE: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant
Bantam, 1993

Explains the benefits of "kangaroo care," a method of caring for premature infants that encourages parents to hold the baby. This method has been proven to have both psychological and emotional benefits for premies including a more stable heart rate, more regular breathing, longer periods of sleep, and earlier bonding. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1994.)

Naseef, Robert
SPECIAL CHILDREN, CHALLENGED PARENTS

Carol Publishing Group, 1997
The author, a psychologist and father of a child with autism, helps parents come to terms with their own feelings surrounding their special needs children and explains the need for nurturing and loving guidance for these children. The joys and frustrations of life with a disabled child are candidly and realistically portrayed. Includes a long list of resources and a bibliography.

Nelsen, Jane & Cheryl Erwin & Carol Delzer
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR SINGLE PARENTS
Prima Publishing, rev.ed., 1999

An encouraging parenting guide for single parents. Suggests positive, loving guidance techniques and also addresses issues unique to the single parent family, such as balancing needs, priorities, and time, dealing with the noncustodial parent so that everyone benefits, and handling new romantic relationships.

Noble, Elizabeth
HAVING TWINS
Houghton Mifflin, rev. ed., 2003

This updated edition is a must read for those expecting multiples who want a good birth experience and healthy breastfed babies. Packed with information on genetics, prenatal care, delivery and life with twins, this book includes information not commonly found in mainstream or medical books, including alternative medicines. (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN, Nov-Dec 1982.)

Northrup, Christiane
MOTHER-DAUGHTER WISDOM: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health
Bantam, 2005

Dr. Northrup believes that by appreciating and accepting the bond between mothers and daughters, a woman can take charge of her health at any point in her life. The important changes she makes can not only positively affect the woman herself, but also strengthen and empower her relationship to her mother and/or her daughter.

Northrup, Christiane
WOMEN'S BODIES, WOMEN'S WISDOM
Bantam Books, 2nd ed., 1998

The revised edition of Northrup's groundbreaking book has been updated to include more information on nutrition and expanded discussions of childbearing, fertility issues, and natural treatments. The valuable and extensive resources section has also been updated and expanded. Dr. Northrup sends clear and empowering messages to women, encouraging them to take responsibility for creating physical and emotional health in their lives. She provides practical resources to help women identify problem areas and affect real solutions. Her holistic approach is a welcome addition to the women's health literature, and her support of breastfeeding and good nutrition complement La Leche League philosophy. Not every reader will find her views perfectly reflected in this book, but many will find valuable support in Dr. Northrup's thoughtful and unique approach. (Second edition reviewed in LEAVEN, Aug-Sept, 2001)

Old, Wendie
STACY HAD A LITTLE SISTER
Albert Whitman, 1995

Through the eyes of the big sister, Stacy, this book tells the story of a family dealing with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The book addresses the ambivalence Stacy feels when the baby is born and the guilt and fear she experiences after the baby's death. A sensitive resource for families in this difficult situation.

Palmer, Pat
I WISH I COULD HOLD YOUR HAND: A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss
Impact, 1994

I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand explores a child's experience of grief in a variety of circumstances, such as a friend or family member moving away or the death of a pet or relative. By validating children's feelings, Dr. Palmer encourages a compassionate discussion between children and adults on this difficult subject.

Peterson, Debra
BREASTFEEDING THE ADOPTED BABY
Corona Publishing Co., 1994

Explains step-by-step the process of inducing lactation in a woman who has not given birth. Adoptive mother Debra Stewart Peterson offers these special mothers everything they need to enjoy the benefits breastfeeding hold for both mother and baby.

Rapp, Doris
IS THIS YOUR CHILD? Discovering & Treating Unrecognized Allergies
Morrow, 1992

Alleriges are often thought of as the culprit when dealing with children who hare plagued with chronic sinus infections or upper respiratory congestion.  Could the aggressive behaviors, hyperactivity, fatigue, or headaches your child is experiencing be caused by allergies?  Dr. Rapp covers many topics in this comprehensive guide.  Topics covered include the single and multiple food elmination diets, and the rotary diet.

Schmidt,Michael A.
HEALING EAR INFECTIONS: Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment
North Atlantic Books, 1996

Schmidt discusses the central role nutrition plays in the development and maintenance of healthy immune system. The benefits of breastfeeding for the development of a healthy baby and the prevention of ear infections are clearly presented. Includes suggestions for improving the family's diet and specific recommendations for the diet of the breastfeeding mother. Schmidt describes several approaches for home care for earaches including allergy management, homeopathic medicine, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, botanical medicine, and nutrition. References and resources included. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, June-July 1999.)

Sears, Robert W.
THE VACCINE BOOK: MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION FOR YOUR CHILD
Little, Brown, and Company, 2007

It’s common for parents to ponder the very popular questions, “Should I vaccinate my child? What are the pros? What are the cons?” Considering all the types of vaccinations for your child and when to administer them is a lot to think about. Dr. Robert Sears has crafted a comprehensive guide for parents so this topic isn’t so overwhelming. In this open-minded and informative guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about each disease/vaccine pair. (Note: This book is written for a US audience.)

Sears, William
SIDS: A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Little, Brown, 1995

A comprehensive review of research into Sudden Infant Death and startling information on its causes. Dr. Sears offers strategies to prevent or minimize the risk of SIDS.

Sears, William and Lynda Thompson
THE A.D.D. BOOK
Little Brown, 1998

Living with children who learn differently is a challenge--but help has arrived! Sears and Thompson share loving guidance techniques that parents can use to help their child achieve success socially, at home, and at school. The authors present breastfeeding and attachment parenting as ways to help a child be "Smart from the Start." The book offers strategies for improving behavior and treatment options, including a discussion of medications and nutrition. One chapter covers special education laws and another is devoted to helping the family celebrate the uniqueness of the A.D.D. child.

Sears, William, Robert Sears, James Sears, and Martha Sears
THE PREMATURE BABY BOOK
Little, Brown, 2004

Detailed and optimistic, this book focuses on the various aspects of caring for a premature baby. The authors provide information on the unique features of premies, methods for dealing with common feelings experienced by parents, and tips for bonding with a newborn in the NICU. This book will help parents who struggle with complex medical decisions in the first weeks following their baby's birth and will assist them in understanding possible developmental issues as their baby grows.

Tracy, Amy
THE PREGNANCY BED REST BOOK
Berkley, 2001

This book is a lifesaver for the woman on bed rest. Dozens of practical solutions to issues such as how to find help, nutrition, side effects of immobility, how to parent from bed, setting up your bed rest area, and coping with the feelings of all members of the family.

Ullman, Dana
THE CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHY
Tarcher, 1996

A user-friendly guide to homeopathy, a 200 year-old internationally recognized approach to healing. Instead of suppressing symptoms, homeopathic remedies work with the immune system to help the body heal itself. This volume gives the history of homeopathy as well as its place in modern medicine. Excellent overview chapters with specifics on a wide range of conditions for infants to the elderly. Includes resources and glossary.

Ullman, Dana
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR CHILDREN & INFANTS
Penguin Putnam, 1992

An excellent resource book for those interested in using homeopathic remedies to help heal their children at home. Written by a world-renowned homeopath, the book offers specific remedies for over 75 common ailments of children, including teething, poison ivy, colic and the common cold. Ailments and remedies are listed alphabetically.

Vogel, Gary
A CAREGIVER'S HANDBOOK FOR PERINATAL LOSS
A Place to Remember, 1996

The author, a psychotherapist, shares his professional and personal experience in this concise guide to the issues surrounding perinatal loss. Explains the roles of medical staff and clergy.

Walker, Marsha
BREASTFEEDING YOUR PREMATURE OR SPECIAL CARE BABY: A Practical Guide for Nursing the Tiny Baby
Lactation Associates, 4th ed. 1998

Easy-to-read short guide for the parents of premature and special care babies. Includes excellent black and white photos, and a detailed discussion of pumping and nursing supplementers. Very supportive of breastfeeding. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov 2000.)

Wootan, George & Sarah Verney
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
Crown, 1992

This book teaches parents how to watch for signs of a sick child and gives detailed instruction on how to treat a child when a doctor is not available. This is a wholistic approach to wellness, including chapters on the healthy family, breastfeeding, and communication and discipline.

World Health Organization
KANGAROO MOTHER CARE
World Health Organization, 2003

Written with health caregivers in mind, Kanagroo Mother Care describes the kangaroo method for stable preterm or low-birthweight infants, as well as offering methods of implementing kangaroo care in hospitals.

Zand, Janet, Robert Rountree and Rachel Walton
SMART MEDICINE FOR A HEALTHIER CHILD
Avery, 2003

A comprehensive, alphabetical guide to children's health care with both conventional and alternative treatments. This reference book includes information on nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, acupressure, as well as standard medicine. LLL encourages readers to consult with their health care advisors to determine diagnoses and appropriate treatments for their own families.

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