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Ready for Air: A Mother’s Reflections on Life with a “Preemie”

Hopper,Kate_bookRFAParenting is full of surprises. And, as wonderful as it often is, parenting nearly always is more challenging and complicated than most of us could have imagined before we had children. When medical emergencies threaten both mom and baby, the ensuing emotions can be overwhelming. Such was the case for this week’s Mom Enough guest, author Kate Hopper, whose newest book chronicles the uncertainty, heartache and powerlessness that ensued when her first child was born prematurely. Whatever surprises and challenges you have faced in your own parenting experience, you will be touched and inspired by Kate’s candor. And you will take heart in the way she and her family moved through despair and depression to hope, relief and joy.

 

This week’s Mom Enough show is about the sadness, uncertainty and powerlessness of a mother whose first child was born prematurely and faced multiple threats to her fragile life. But there are many ways in which the realities of parenthood challenge the idealized images many of us have before we have our first child. How has parenthood surprised you and how have you come to grips with the challenges you didn’t expect? Share your thoughts in the REPLY space below!

 

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