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Introducing SIS–Surviving Infant Surgery blog

Just want to give a shout-out about Fred Vanderbom’s new blog at http://survivinginfantsurgery.wordpress.com/. Here is a place to find out fascinating information about infant surgery and read stories of those who’ve survived infant surgery. He is looking for narratives to share on this site, so please think about submitting one. Also, let other people know about this great opportunity. Reading the survival stories of those who’ve undergone infant surgery is important to many of us. And hearing about people’s lives in the aftermath of infant surgery, no matter how many years later, helps many of us cope with our current situations.

Readers in general, survivors of surgery or not, will enjoy Fred’s engaging heart-warming writing style. Here’s a  sample from his latest post “Scarred Survivors”:

Infants who survived surgery a century ago were very, very rare. Today many of us born with one or more medical problems (see my previous blog) are deeply grateful survivors. We’re thankful to be able to live what is in many cases a full and healthy life, thankful for huge advances in medical knowledge and surgical skills, thankful for gifted and caring surgeons, and thankful for conscientious nursing staff and loving and wise parents.
Yet I have become aware that surviving infant surgery sometimes leaves very painful scars quite apart from the physical marks left by the surgeon’s efforts. I have experienced that personally. As well as scarred surgery survivors, there are parents also who have been emotionally scarred.
It is these people and their stories that I’m interested in here. The blogs to come will I trust include a few of their stories and seek to bring a degree of understanding and healing to some of their pain. I also want to suggest ways of reducing in the future the number of people who feel they are scarred survivors.

Enjoy SIS, tell others about it, and get involved!

0 Responses to Introducing SIS–Surviving Infant Surgery blog

  1. After 25 years as a psychotherapist for adults I am now working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I do not question that trauma occurs with these infants, however, I have been looking for information on how to interface with infants to help ameliorate the trauma. I would love to be directed to anyone who is working in this area.

    • Thank you for commenting. Have you read “This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood” by Vicky Forman? You’ve got to! The person I think of is Dr. David B. Chamberlain. He has a website. He’s involved with the organization who put on the first pediatric psychological trauma conference in February 2010. Go to http://www.pediatricspychological.trauma.org. If anyone else has some contact info for Michelle, I wish you would share it.

  2. After 25 years as a psychotherapist for adults I am now working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I do not question that trauma occurs with these infants, however, I have been looking for information on how to interface with infants to help ameliorate the trauma. I would love to be directed to anyone who is working in this area.

    • Thank you for commenting. Have you read “This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood” by Vicky Forman? You’ve got to! The person I think of is Dr. David B. Chamberlain. He has a website. He’s involved with the organization who put on the first pediatric psychological trauma conference in February 2010. Go to http://www.pediatricspychological.trauma.org. If anyone else has some contact info for Michelle, I wish you would share it.

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