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Disney's BabyZone: 5 Pieces of Advice from the Mother of a Preemie

By Lyz Lenz
Disney's BabyZone

Hopper_Ready coverKate Hopper recalls some advice that another mother of a premature baby passed along to her. The advice comes from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet : “Live the questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into the answers.”

That idea of living the questions and dwelling in the daily unknown with her daughter in the NICU struggling for her life, became Hopper’s daily mantra. I spoke with Hopper to talk to her about her memoir and ask her for her advice to mothers in similar circumstances.

“Nothing can prepare you for having a preemie,” she said. “You have to take everything one day at a time; you never know what’s coming.”

But if she could go back to herself on the day she was rushed into the hospital, Hopper would tell herself these five things.

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