Here’s an obituary for an influential figure in the world of preemie parents, Helen Harrison, who wrote one of the first books for parents of preemies:

Helen Harrison, who was so unprepared when her son was born prematurely that she later wrote a popular manual for parents in similar situations and became their advocate, died on Saturday at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 68.

She had been struggling with an immune system ailment for five years, said her husband, Alfred.

Ms. Harrison had worked as a paramedic and was inundated with reference books for a normal birth during her pregnancy, but “when things went wrong,” she said, “I found no books to help me.” Even the jargon of the intensive care nursery in which her premature son, Edward, was being treated mystified her. [Read the rest of the obit at the New York Times]