Hold Your Prem is a really valuable book that should be compulsory reading for all paediatricians
and NICU/SCBU staff who are often overly focused on what the machines are telling them the
baby is doing, rather than the baby himself. It is indeed “a practical workbook” which is very well
organised both in terms of chapter order and within the individual chapters themselves.
This book will also be of immeasurable value to the mothers (and fathers) who find they are
involved in a premature birth experience. Pregnant women who come to our meetings may well
have prem babies and could borrow the book if and when they need it. Others may like to read
about prem babies just in case they ever need the information. Others may have had a prem baby
and want to arm themselves with more information in case it happens again.
Original review, printed in Aroha Volume 14 Number 2
A fuller review of Hold Your Prem can be found in Breastfeeding Communiqué 2011
Hold Your Prem
Jill Bergman, with Dr Nils Bergman
New Voices, Cape Town, 2010
Reviewed by Isobel Fanshawe, Robin Jones Greif and Averil Sheehan,