A few months ago, I reviewed Mary Kay’s Baby Massage Experience with my Father: A Father’s Journey for Real Parenting. I’ve been asked to review her follow-up book, Baby Massage Experience with my Mother: Peer Support, and it’s taken me a while to get round to it, but here it is.
Mary Kay writes very simply yet, as a trained midwife and health visitor, she also writes with insight. Her second book focuses on babies with additional needs, and the impact that this can have on new parents. As with her first, this book has the feel of a novel, as opposed to a traditional prescriptive ‘self-help’ book, and this time it is written from the mum’s perspective.
Nicki and Fraser are a young couple whose baby is rushed to the neo-natal unit straight after birth. He has suffered brain damage and the book chronicles the struggles of the parents to come to terms with the traumatic birth, the fact that their baby is ill, and life at home with a baby with additional needs.
It is sensitively written, and the main point of the book is to promote the need for communication and support during difficult circumstances such as these. Obviously, as the title suggests, a large portion of the book is dedicated to the benefits of baby massage, and how it can help both baby and mum.
I think parents of babies with additional needs would find this book useful. It is not patronising and is written in a very empathetic way, allowing new parents to see how difficult parenting a baby with additional needs is and how important it is to seek support. It is short – only 104 pages long – and is easy to dip in and out of.
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