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We Are Always with You: A Love Story for Premature Babies and Their Parents

ISBN: 9781634894623
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Deborah Simmons
Illustrator: Siski Kalla
Pages: 32
Trim: 11 x 9 inches
Published: 10/12/2021

"Tell me about the day I was born."

For parents of premature babies, this is never an easy question. Many parents struggle with how best to tell the story, if they can tell it at all. We Are Always with You is here to help, telling the story of a preemie's birth and the dramatic journey through the NICU, always focusing on love, hope, and connection.

With this book, preemie parents can teach their children and themselves about honesty, resilience, strengths, and challenges. In the retelling, We Are Always with You renews our love for one another and makes new meaning for a life-changing experience.


Dr. Deborah Simmons is the proud mother of two feisty preemies. She has been a therapist for more than twenty years, specializing in premature delivery, reproductive trauma, infertility, and pregnancy loss. This is her first book.


"After eight years, I still choke up at any question my twenty-three-weekers ask surrounding their birth. Although they know most of the details, I would be lying if I have been fully honest with them. There has never been a time in my life where I have been as scared as I was the day they were born. As survival rates increase, the need for resources such as Dr. Simmons's book becomes that much more important. I cannot wait to share it with my girls, so that all the details I have a hard time explaining can be filled in. An amazing book!" - Kristin Moan, author of My Preemie Baby Book and founder of the Potato Head Project

"We Are Always with You provides an accurate depiction of the struggles parents go through when their baby is in the NICU. Dr. Simmons writes in a way that makes it easy for young children to understand their journey into the world. I highly recommend this book to all preemie parents." - Coreen Smith, women’s healthcare nurse practitioner and preemie mom

"As a fellow NICU mom, We Are Always with You beautifully illustrates the NICU journey and does a splendid job answering the tough question 'Tell me about when I was born.'" - Rachael Ryan, preemie mom