A Gift of Time - second edition

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A Gift of Time:

Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief


By Amy Kuebelbeck and Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Second edition forthcoming

A Gift of Time is a gentle and practical guide for parents who are (or are considering) continuing their pregnancy knowing that their baby's life will be brief.


Since it was first published in 2011, A Gift of Time has been adopted as a resource by many hospitals in the United States and around the world, and it has been a valued companion for many parents. We are now updating the book for a second edition. The book will continue to accurately, sensitively, and compassionately portrays parents’ needs, experiences, and emotions, as well as provide practical suggestions for coping, decision-making, and meaningfully embracing the baby's life and the time before and after the baby’s death. For the first edition, we gathered input from more than 120 parents from across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. For this new edition, we are adding the voices of parents who have traveled this journey more recently. 



Amy Kuebelbeck, a journalist with experience at news organizations including the Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, described her own experience of continuing a pregnancy with a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis in the memoir Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby’s Brief Life. She is the founder and editor of perinatalhospice.org and has been invited to speak at numerous medical conferences about the topic. Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and expert in the emotional aspects of neonatal medical ethics and perinatal bereavement. She is the author of books including Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby.


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