World Prematurity Day with Melody Schreiber

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We welcome Melody Schreiber, editor of the new collection, What We Didn't Expect: Personal Stories about Premature Birth, on World Prematurity Day. Author Eric Smith will be in conversation with Melody.

Every year, 400,000 families in the United States welcome premature babies ...

Ten percent of babies born in the U.S. are preemies. But that one word, "preemie," encompasses a range of medical and cultural experiences. There are textbooks, medical-ish guidebooks, and the occasional memoir to turn to ... but no book that collects personal experiences from the many people who have parented, cared for, or been preemies themselves.

Until now. In What We Didn't Expect, journalist Melody Schreiber brings together a chorus of acclaimed writers and thinkers to share their diverse stories of having or being premature babies. The stories here cover everything from life-changing tests of faith to navigating the red tape of healthcare bureaucracy; from overcoming unimaginable grief to surviving and thriving against all odds.

The result is a moving, heartfelt book, and a crucial and informative resource for anyone who has, or is about to have, the experience of dealing with a premature birth.

Melody Schreiber is a freelance journalist who has reported from every inhabited continent. Her articles, essays, and reviews have been published by The Washington PostThe GuardianWiredThe AtlanticPacific StandardOutsideThe New Republic, NPR, USA Today, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been published in District LinesMagical: An Anthology, and Abundant Grace. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @m_scribe.

Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author. An agent at P.S. Literary, he’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling titles. As an author, his books include The Girl and the GroveDon’t Read the Comments, and forthcoming You Can Go Your Own Way. You can follow him on social media and learn more about the kind of books he writes and works on at


Don't Read the Comments By Eric Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335016027
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (Not in Store)
Published: Inkyard Press - January 28th, 2020

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