Empty Cradle, Broken Heart
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart

Surviving the Death of Your Baby


429 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: November 2016

ISBN 9781936218240


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The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death affects thousands of U.S. families every year. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Third Edition offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair during and after such a tragedy. In this new and updated edition, Deborah Davis encourages grieving and strives to cover many different kinds of loss, including information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption, and the questioning of aggressive medical intervention. There is also a special chapter for fathers as well as a chapter on "protective parenting" to help anxious parents enjoy their precious living children. Doctors, nurses, relatives, friends, and other support persons can gain special insight. Most importantly, parents facing the death of a baby will find necessary support in this gentle guide.


"Empty Cradle, Broken Heart is written with great awareness and sensitivity. Deborah Davis gets it just right." —Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

"...there is comfort in these pages." —Mothering

"This gentle book fills a void often overlooked how it feels to lose a baby during or shortly after pregnancy." —Booklist

"Davis speaks directly to the emotional and physical needs of bereaved parents." —Judith Lasker, author of When Pregnancy Fails

"This book is a comprehensive resource for bereaved parents and the practitioners who help them." -THANATOS, A Realistic Journal Concerning Dying, Death and Bereavement

Author Biography

Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and writer who specializes in the emotional aspects of coping with crisis during pregnancy and infancy, and medical ethics and decision-making during pregnancy and in the NICU. She is the author of several books, including Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey, and more and has written many articles for parents and professionals.