- By supernovamommy
- 28 October, 2012
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Rachel Blumenthal, Local Author
Rachel Blumenthal has just released two non-fiction books about her experience as a high-risk patient on strict hospital bed rest at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA.
One Recumbent Mommy: A Humorous Encounter With Bedrest chronicles the author’s experience while a patient on the High-Risk Perinatal floor at Inova Fairfax Hospital and takes readers on the journey from hospital admission all the way through the birth of her second child.
Wherever I Am, I Will Love You Still: A Book About An Extended Hospital Stay is a beautifully illustrated picture book written from the point of view of the author’s two-year-old son. The book looks at how he dealt with her absence while she was in the hospital. Written as a companion to One Recumbent Mommy, this book helps young children understand why a loved one might need to be in the hospital instead of at home with them.
Read my interview with the Rachel below:
1) What inspired you to write about your experience with bed rest during your second pregnancy?
My husband was actually the one who convinced me that it was a good idea to write about my bed rest experience so friends and family could have an easy way to check in on how things were going. When I was first admitted to the hospital, we didn’t really know what the prognosis was going to be but once things stabilized and we realized that I was going to be in the hospital for a while, we bought a lightweight laptop and I started chronicling day to day events. It started as just updates on what was going on with me, but then I started writing about day to day events and things that I found humorous and/or funny about the whole experience. You have to have at least a mild sense of humor in order to get through each day. Writing definitely helped, both for me and for our concerned friends and family.
2) Why were you taken into the hospital?
At my 20 week ultrasound the sonographer found that my cervix was funneling and I was diagnosed with incompetent cervix. That basically means that my cervix wasn’t staying closed and for some reason my body thought that it was time to have the baby. As a result, I had to have an emergency cerclage at Inova Fairfax Hospital. None of the doctors knew why this had happened, especially since I had previously had an uncomplicated full term pregnancy. Normally, women suffer a loss before incompetent cervix is diagnosed. This was not the case with me, and it was just pure luck that my condition was discovered during my routine ultrasound.
3) I love that there is a companion book for children. Please share some of the feedback you have received about this book.
I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about the book. One mom who was recently put on bed rest told me that the book helped to allay many of her daughter’s fears about why Mommy needed to go to the hospital so often. Another mom sent me this information: “I think this is an excellent story to share with a young child that may have to be away from mommy for an extended period. The book has good ideas for moms on how to make the child feel special from far away and reassures children mommy is coming home.” Others have told me that it’s just nice to have something that is specific to their current situation. It’s hard to explain this kind of thing to little kids, but when it is told from a child’s perspective it makes the child feel like they are important and are still the center of attention despite having a major change to their usual routine.
4) Do you have any future plans to write any more books?
I actually have 2 more picture books that have already been submitted to my publisher and one more that I am still working on polishing up.
5) As a parent in Northern Virginia, where does your family like to hang out?
As a parent in Northern Virginia, we spend a lot of time at the American History Museum, Natural History Museum, Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum at Dulles, Burke Lake Park, Lake Accotink, Gravelly Point, biking on safe trails around the area, Clemyjontri, local fairs and festivals, etc. Basically, we look for things that will be of interest to our 3 1/2 year old and almost 6 year old.
6) Where can we buy the books?
You can purchase the books from Rocket Science Productions and Amazon, and you can find more information at http://rachelblumenthalbooks.com/ or by contacting directly at email@example.com
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