At all times, Earlybird warmly represents the emotions and major steps in the common and complex story associated with premature birth through colorful playful images and text that is embraced by children born prematurely, their families and others touched by preterm birth. At Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Peri the premature pukeko decorates our walls and informs our families. Peri is one of our family and we are so grateful to have his story to help our families.
Prof Terrie Inder: Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics in the Field of Newborn Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women's Hospital: Professor of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital: Professor of Pediatrics
where copies of the Earlybird books can be used by parents and families. The hospital also has a full set of prints of the pages of the book.
As a doctor and importantly as a father who has health challenges thrown at him, Earlybird is a lovely story about seeing what is special in something that can be hard at the same time. Premature birth often results in emotions like fear, anger, concern, grief and often gratitude and love. Earlybird is a great way to remind children and whānau that often out of all this comes a great a story!
Dr Lance O’Sullivan, New Zealander of the Year 2014
Earlybird is an engaging and moving story of a familiar experience for many families that can be difficult to put words to. The book cherishes the early days, weeks and months parents and siblings have with their premature baby and provides a pathway to the story of that experience for that child…. A book to treasure.
Dr Denise Guy, Child Psychiatrist