Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

Our Journey through the Neonatal Care Center

I am 4’9″ and weigh only 100 pounds, so carrying just one baby would likely be hard on my body. Then my husband and I found out we were expecting twins. My sister is a neonatal nurse, so we knew the struggles we may have to face. At just 26 weeks, my labor began. Luckily, doctors were able to stop my contractions and give me steroid shots. Bed rest was here, but every day my babies stayed in was another victory won. At 30 weeks, there was no more room and my girls were born. Daisy was 3 pounds 6 ounces and Lily was 2 pounds 10 ounces. On December 13, 2013, my journey had just begun, and I was terrified.

Tessa twinsMy girls have been fighters since the day they were born. Lily was in the NICU for 6 weeks, while her sister was in for 13 weeks. Lily just needed time to grow and to learn to breathe while eating. But Daisy…

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{Professional Insight} Postpartum Stress & Mental Health after a Preemie


Having a baby is one of the most life-changing events a person will go through; having a baby born prematurely or with a NICU experience is not only life-altering, it’s also complicated with extra layers of fear, trauma, and loss of control. This … [Continue reading]

Through My Son’s Eyes; Challenges of Peripheral Vision Loss

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Some people would say James is clumsy or he doesn't pay enough attention when he walks. Those thoughts have crossed my mind even though I know the reason he stumbles and falls has very little to do with either one. He does have a short attention … [Continue reading]

Immunizations and Your Preemie


When my preemie turned 2 months old in the NICU, he was definitely in the home stretch. He had moved to the intermediate nursery, was “out of heat,” and in a regular crib. I thought his car seat test was next. But, what I was asked instead was, did I … [Continue reading]

Your Preemie Is Starting Pre-School: 5 Things to Consider

Your Preemie in PK

During our 44-day NICU stay, I used to dream of our preemie entering school, lunch pail in hand and confidently carrying his backpack. But to be honest, I wasn’t sure that day would ever come. Fast forward four years and that day has come. Below … [Continue reading]