Reading Through the NICU
Meet the Ward Family
Little Ward Books is a family owned publishing company. Our mission is to raise awareness about the NICU experience and provide comfort to those on their own NICU journey.
Our 3 children went through the neonatal intensive care unit and we strive to be a resource to encourage others on their own journey through the NICU and beyond.
What is the N.I.C.U?
N.I.C.U. stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This unit is a department in a hospital that specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn babies.
The term neonatal stands for the first 28 days of life.
According to the March of Dimes, one in ten babies is born preterm and might require admittance into the NICU, but not all babies in the NICU are premature.
A premature baby is a baby born prior to a gestational age of 37 weeks.
About Our Book
Our NICU Journey
Our NICU journey is an inspiring children's book and keepsake that follows first time parents as their children find the strength, courage, and perseverance to come home.
The illustrations are created from real photographs of the NICU and of real members of neonatal medical teams.
This book is perfect for an uplifting gift for new NICU parents, NICU graduates, and healthcare professionals or supporters who are dedicated to this fragile community.
A Love Letter to the NICU Community
Our NICU Journey is a love letter to your NICU miracle and to NICU families. Remember that you are not alone.
Great For Parents of Multiples
This book is perfect for parents with one child or multiples.
Perfect Keepsake or Going Home Gift
Record special details about your journey, document special first, and remember your healthcare team with signature pages
Personalize Your Book
Personalize your book by documenting your family's journey.
Record Important Milestones
Celebrate each victory by recording your miracle's special firsts
Remember Your Team
Remember the ones who helped bring your little one(s) home. Pages dedicated to Guests and Health Team Members make this book a favored NICU keepsake
Parent of a NICU graduate
We would love to hear from you!
Feel free to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or share a photo on our social media page.
Beads of Courage®
The Beads of Courage® program provides children and their family a visual representation of their treatment history. It's purpose is to help survivors see their journey in a tangible form. We are partnering with this amazing nonprofit to share our story. Click below for more information.
March of Dimes
49% of NICU patience are born premature. Our twins were born at the gestational age of 28 weeks and March of Dimes provided comfort and care throughout our entire stay at the hospital. For more information about premature birth and ways you can help please visit March of Dimes.
Mothers' Milk Bank
Mother's Milk Bank at Austin provides vital human milk to fragile infants in NICUs across the world. All three of our NICU graduates received donor milk to increase their chance at survival. We were fortunate enough to give back to the program.. If you are eligible please consider donation.
Purple Butterfly Project
The Purple Butterfly Project created the symbol to signify the loss of multiple and is dedicated to working with bereaved parents.
Reading To Your Baby
Reading to your newborn in the NICU can help with neurological development and helps soothe. Read all of the benefits to reading to your baby.
These resources were helpful during our time in the NICU.
Please see our community section for a growing list of resources available to you!
Reading Through the NICU
What to read to my baby?
Reading Through the NICU will be in our stories on our social media platforms. We will feature some of our favorite books that we read during our NICU stays, as well as some new books that will be available for free on kindle. Feel free to browse our picks on facebook and instagram.
For any inquiries or bulk orders please contact Little Ward Books.
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The mission of Beads of Courage, Inc. (a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization) is to provide innovative arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them.
Through Beads of Courage® we help children Record, Tell and Own their Story of Courage. Through the Beads of Courage® Program, children receive colorful beads that symbolize each step of their treatment journey. The beads they receive provide a powerful dose of narrative medicine that visually translates their treatment experience and helps them cope with the many uncertainties of their treatment journey. Every bead makes visible the otherwisethey receive provide a powerful dose of narrative medicine that visually translates their treatment experience and helps them cope with the many uncertainties of their treatment journey. Every bead makes visible the otherwise invisible. Beads of Courage® serve as metaphors that help the child and their family derive meaning from their experience, and help them connect to others in their life that might otherwise never comprehend all that they have been through.
To learn more please visit: www.beadsofcourage.org.