Our library has a small bookstore where they sell donated or former library books. Today was a half price sale and I was so excited to find two new books for my doula lending library:
Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies
Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth
The preemie book is one I use to own (but passed onto another family) and I found it incredibly helpful when seeking answers about our own preemie. There's a more recent edition as things are changing so quickly with the field of neonatology, but this one still has a ton of great information. It's one of those books I hope to not ever NEED to loan to a client (because I want everyone to have big, full term babies!) But with the current rate of prematurity being 1 out of 8 babies arriving before term, it's likely I will work with parents having a preemie. I'm grateful my own experience can help me better serve them! November is prematurity awareness month and you can read more at the March of Dimes site.
The book about postpartum depression (PPD) is not one I've read yet, but I think it will also be a valuable asset. It is anticipated that 15-20% of women will experience postpartum mood disorders, ranging from mild to severe (postpartum psychosis.) You can learn more about PPD at Postpartum.net.
Both books together cost me $1 - I love it. 🙂