The Moment You Were Born

The Moment You Were Born516Z8d3r-QL__SX398_BO1,204,203,200_The Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby

Sandra M. Lane, MA, SLP & Brenda S. Miles, PhD, Authors

Shelly Hehenberger, Illustrator

Magination Press, Fiction, Oct. 25, 2015

Themes: Premature babies, Parent and child, Love

Suitable for Ages: 0-2

Opening: “Before you were born, I imagined touching you, hold you, kissing you.”

Book Jacket Synopsis: The Moment You Were Born is a gentle and soothing story for you and your baby as you share moments in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Read about the doctors and nurses providing care, about the machines that beep and hum, and about life all around. Reading and talking to your baby are ways to provide a loving connection during your time in the NICU. Your voice can comfort and caress, strengthen the bond between you and your baby.

Why I like this book:

The Moment You Were Born is a beautiful love poem to a baby born prematurely. The text is lyrical and the words sing off the pages as parents pour their love, hopes and dreams into the pure joy waiting their eager touch.

The authors wrote their sensitive book “for your baby and not about your baby.” It is to be read by parents to their baby during the neonatal experience to encourage bonding and connection. It is also a book that will help parents can share with their child in later years to explain and show their early beginnings.

Shelly Hehenberger’s richly textured illustrations are breathtaking, soothing and diverse. They are created digitally using hand-painted textures and overlays. Children of all races and cultures will see themselves in her delightful artwork.

Resources: There is a Note to Parents and Caregivers in the back pages with more ideas about sharing the NICU experience and staying close to their baby. Parents are encouraged to be present with their baby, using their voice to touch through talking, reading books and singing lullabies. They are urged to learn about their baby’s care, connect with other parents and caregivers, take care of themselves and seek support.

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About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

28 thoughts on “The Moment You Were Born

  1. My son loves hearing the story of how he came to be. I’m sure this book will be very much appreciated by those special babies born in the NICU. Wonderful review, Pat!


  2. Another important book for parents. My son Eric was premature. Would have been nice to have had a book to navigate by. But I was super busy running to and from the hospital he was at tohave really read it, I think. But still. IF a friend had given it to me I would have read it. A mother misses her baby so much when she is without him after eight months or seven or six. For me , he was six weeks premature.

    would love to see this book. thanks so much for sharing it. 🙂


    • I believe the book would be helpful to parents. It is first to be used by the parents to read to child in the neonatal unit, so the child can hear the parents soothing, loving voice. And, the back matter is full of supportive information for parents. And, it is a great book to read to the child as a toddler to explain his/her early beginnings.

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  3. I wish I knew of this book earlier, when I knew parents struggling with the many emotions that accompany the birth of a premature baby. I definitely will bookmark it for others in future – such an important but often-overlooked time of life. Thank you for sharing.


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