September is NICU Awareness Month. The fact that I am posting this on the last day of the month is not lost on me. Between kids being sick and crazy work/writing schedules and life in general, it’s not surprising that I’m behind schedule. But as I lay on the couch this morning, alternately sweating and…

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November is Prematurity Awareness Month. According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely in the United States every year. Worldwide, that number is 15 million. It’s the leading cause of infant death in the U.S. and each year costs society $26.2 billion. Those statistics are scary for sure. But it’s…

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Hi friends, Originally, the University of Minnesota Press agreed to donate 15 copies of Ready for Air to neonatal intensive care units in the U.S. and Canada as part of blog book tour. I was going to randomly pick 15 hospitals from the entries on this post. But the generous Sustainable Arts Foundation has offered to make sure that…

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One thing I hope Ready for Air will do is connect us to one another. I’ve said that before, but it bears repeating. I felt so alone and isolated after Stella’s birth, and I know other women felt and feel that same way. So I was so happy to read Sarah’s words over at Journeys…

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One of the things I thought a lot about as I was writing and rewriting Ready for Air was audience. My hope, of course, was that the book would speak to a large audience–one that reached beyond preemie parents, beyond any parent. But honestly it was the preemie parents I worried about as I was writing.…

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I haven’t met Leigh Ann Torres in person, and I only recently met her online, when a blogger friend suggested she might be interested in the Ready for Air book tour. I emailed her and she immediately said yes, and I’m so grateful that she did. Shortly after the book arrived at her house, I…

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There is a ridiculous amount of love swirling around these days. It feels like Ready for Air is not launching so much as floating out into the world buoyed by the words of dozens of amazing friends and writers who are raising it up. What a gift, people. I’m so grateful. And the love continues.…

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I first met Alison Lee on Twitter. I know, it’s crazy to even type that. I have to admit that I never wanted to be on Twitter. I was shamed into a few years ago at a Minnesota Blogger Conference. (Me: What the heck’s a handle? What’s the @ on everyone’s name tag? Everyone else:…

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My friend and former student, Emily Hedges, who is also the dynamo behind my blog book tour, said one of the most wonderful things about Ready for Air. She said, “Your book is a book that people want to share. When someone has a premature baby, you feel so helpless…like with my step-daughter. It made me feel so…

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Eight and a half years ago, I went to the coffee shop near my house, ordered a decaf coffee, and sat down with paper and pen. I hadn’t written in months and wasn’t even sure I had the mental capacity to still string together words into sentences. It was cold outside, February in Minnesota, streetlights…

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