Ready for Air - The Preemie Story You'll Love to Read {book review}

I'm so excited to be able to share one of my favorite preemie memoirs with you - Ready for Air by Kate Hopper. 

I must have told hundreds of preemie moms and dads about this book, because it's one I completely loved to read and I think most preemie parents will love it too. 

I know most hello preemie followers don't have gobs of free time to read lengthy book reviews - if you have time, read the book instead! Why? Because it's that good.

Most women who become mothers to preemie babies are not writers. They may have fascinating stories, but not the ability to tell that story in a way that's great to read.

But Kate Hopper is a writer - a really good one - so she can tell her story better than most. She weaves together the funny moments with the frightening ones, with a healthy dash of honesty and vulnerability, in a way that keeps you turning the pages and rooting for her sweet daughter Stella to the very last page. 

The book is totally relatable and is not too heavy on medical terminology or confusing, scary NICU tales. But for those of you who might like to know a little bit more about this particular preemie journey, some issues Kate and Stella have to confront include:

  • Preeclampsia
  • C-section for fetal intolerance to labor
  • Delivering a 32 week preemie
  • Transport to Children's Hospital
  • Grade 1 Intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Apnea, oxygen support
  • Infection
  • and more, but I don't want to give it all away! :) 

Looking at this list, you might get the idea that this is a grim, boring story, but Kate does such an amazing job of transforming her experience into a rich, entertaining and hopeful story.

Want more reviews? Ready for Air gets a solid 5 star rating on, as well as a 4.41 star rating on Goodreads, so you can be assured it's a well-loved memoir! I hope you'll give it a try, and definitely leave a comment below to let me know what you think of it!