Book Review of “The Nicu Rollercoaster”,
written by Nicole E. Zimmerman and Edward J. Sprague
Distributed by Xlibris Corporation (www.Xlibris.com)
“The Nicu Rollercoaster” is a book describing the journey of a pair of preterm (GA=25weeks) twins - Julia and Ronan- from birth till discharge. The title sums up the whole book – be prepared to immerse yourself in the exhilarating and sometimes agonizing experiences of the parents - Nicole and Ed -and the twins ; the ups and downs of their twins’ course in the NICU is detailed in a chronological manner. Though written by non-medical people and primarily aimed at other parents with babies in NICU, it is a good read for NICU personnel also as it gives an insight into the minds of the parents of the babies that we treat.
The book written in the style of a diary starts off with the circumstances surrounding the birth of the twins and then details in a chronological manner the various events which happen during the course of the twins in the NICU. The book is written in the first person narrative style and brings us close to the lives of the authors and for a short period we enter the minds of these parents – feeling happy when they do, feeling sad, hoping, and praying. Other than sharing their experiences the authors also have included a wealth of information which may be helpful to parents with babies in the nicu. These include issues like managing the finances, leave of absence from work, and home care of the discharged nicu graduate.
The book is written in layman language and is easy to comprehend. This engaging book is a must read for parents with babies in NICU. This enriching and enlightening tale of endurance of the twins and their parents is a great source of strength and solace.