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I'm sending this to you as editor of the Early Edition although I hope that you will be able to pass it on to any other relevant person(s). First of all, I'd like to say that I think you are all doing an amazing job; the Early Edition is a fantastic idea, very well executed and clearly has a huge amount of work going into it. I read it regularly and really think it is wonderful.
I'm now going to vent about one specific item in the current edition and I sincerely hope that you will not be offended by this. It is not intended as a personal attack . However, I was horrified when a friend with a younger premature baby rang me in tears after reading the piece on 'I couldn't even carry him/her to term'. I had thought it rather inappropriate when this thread appeared on the discussion forum but didn't comment as I didn't want to be snotty when others were obviously getting something out of it. If I had realized that it would end up with an even wider audience I would certainly have said something. My friend was distressed and I am too, first of all by the whole attitude of it being somehow the mother's fault that the baby is premature. Isn't this a mindset which everybody on preemie-l works to avoid? Yet here is a piece which begins with 'It's my fault' as it's apparent basis. Then looking at the 'completions', while I'm sure they were very cathartic for the people who wrote them I think they are very inappropriate for publication to other, maybe less experienced parents of premature babies who may not have the opportunity to breastfeed at all let alone for a year, give up their jobs, stay at home all day and spoil their baby rotten. Parents of premature babies surely have enough to worry about already without being made to feel even worse by a support newsletter. I know that this item was included as 'levity' but please, please remember that if we are going to pass the Early Edition on in hardcopy form it is very often going to go, without explanation, to people who have little experience of being a prem parent and frequently little other support. I really hope that you are not upset with me for writing this, I do think that the publication is otherwise really great which I guess is why I'm so upset by this one thing. It's notoriously difficult to express any emotion via email; I hope and intend that this comes across as constructive criticism.
Tammy, editor of "The Early Edition"
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