As a grandmother of a surprise prematurely born baby, I felt that I had a mission. I witnessed my son and daughter in law go through four months of trauma and anxiety as they cared for their tiny son who was born at 1 pound 14 ounces. There were hours upon hours spent with nothing to do but hope and pray, worry and stress about what the outcome would be.
My mission came through the creation of a book that would be a tool all preemie parents could use when sitting in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by their baby's tiny incubator.
I wrote two books: A Crisis of Heart and Hope and William and the NICU. These books are bound together in one helpful volume, filled with holistic ideas for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. There’s a section for parents or grandparents and a “picture storybook” for small children— so it’s a two-in-one book.
There are five different stories from the perspectives of the mother, father, grandpa, and grandma. And at the end, the story is told through the eyes of the preemie baby.
Find A Crisis of Heart and Hope on Amazon and read the professional's reviews of this book!
"Beshoar has given us a wonderful resource for those who journey with a tiny child struggling for life. As one who has accompanied families in parish and hospital ministry for many years, I see this book as meeting people where they are in their pain and fear and helping them with realistic, honest stories to find their own way of coping and healing. Her emphasis on spirituality and the sacredness of life, give hope and balance to all the other details of the trauma. Topics that are especially helpful deal with couples' caring for each other and being patient with the ups and downs of daily life: the many practical ideas about healthy living: walks, sleep, being in beautiful nature, self-care in dress and nurturing are so important and often overlooked in times of stress and tension. This book is invaluable to anyone facing situations such as Sharon and her family experienced."
Marillac Retreat Center
Mary Rita Winter, SCL
Director of Hospitality
I have self-published 500 more copies of the book, thanks to the generosity of my community donating to this GoFundMe. These books will continue to be donated to hospitals and neonatal intensive care units across the United States. 41 hospitals have already received the books, and many more will receive them in the near future.
Future funding to this GoFundMe account will go towards the support of NICU caregivers with continuing education scholarship funding. In addition, we wish to continue to give away this book to preemie families.
I would be extremely grateful for whatever financial help you might be able to give toward this effort.
Please, won't you join me in providing hope and comfort to families of prematurely born babies?
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