Deborah Davis, Ph.D., encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. Incisive comments from parents who have suffered through the death of a baby convincingly relay this message: “You are not alone and you can survive.”
” Empty Cradle, Broken Heart is written with great awareness and sensitivity. Deborah Davis gets it just right.” -Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
“…there is comfort in these pages.” – Mothering magazine
“This gentle book fills a void often overlooked how it feels to lose a baby during or shortly after pregnancy.” -Booklist
“Davis speaks directly to the emotional and physical needs of bereaved parents.” -Judith Lasker, author of When Pregnancy Fails
“This book is a comprehensive resource for bereaved parents and the practitioners who help them.” -THANATOS, A Realistic Journal Concerning Dying, Death and Bereavement
“As the mother of a stillborn son, I find this book to be the best I’ve found to date (and I’ve read at least 20!).” -J. Walter, Pennsylvania
“The best book on this subject. I did a huge amount of reading after I lost my baby, and I can tell you that this book is head and shoulders above anything else I’ve read on this subject. -A. Douglas, Canada
From the Back Cover
The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death affects roughly 50,000 U.S. families every year. This revised and expanded edition of Empty Cradle, Broken Heart offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt and despair after such tragedy. Deborah Davis encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. Added to this edition is new information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption and the questioning of aggressive medical intervention. There is also a special chapter for fathers as well as a chapter on “protective parenting” to help anxious parents enjoy their precious living children. Doctors, nurses, relatives, friends and parents facing infant loss will find support and reassurance in this gentle guide.
About the Author
Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and writer who specializes in the emotional aspects of coping with crisis during pregnancy and infancy, and medical ethics and decision-making during pregnancy and in the NICU. She is the author of several books for bereaved parents and parents of premature babies and has written many articles for parents and professionals.