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

Are You Scared to Try for #2? Me Too.

When I was younger, people’s chosen family sizes always intrigued me. Why do they have that many (or few) kids? Why is there such a large age gap between those two children? Why am I 15 years old and dissecting other people’s family size? Of course now I know that most family sizes aren’t chosen, but that was long before I knew anything about infertility or Incompetent Cervix or birthing trauma. I am one of 6 kids myself, and didn’t know why parents could possibly want fewer than 4 kids.

Even as a teenager, the whole having-kids thing intrigued me. I felt like I knew it all because I watched that Ricky Lake documentary, Business of Being Born. And that when I had a baby, I wouldn’t let “them” give me Pitocin and just maybe I’d willingly give birth on my kitchen floor too. But nothing prepared me for gestational complications. [Continue reading]

10 Embarrassing Things Said by a NICU Dad

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Our micropreemie, Zoey, was born at 24 weeks. She was our first child, so we were launched into the NICU with lots of questions and very different approaches to parenting. There are certain stand-out moments that in retrospect I appreciate, but at … [Continue reading]

Kelli Kelley on Devin Thorpe’s Your Mark on the World

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Journalist and speaker Devin Thorpe covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing for Forbes Magazine and his podcast and YouTube show, Your Mark on the World. Devin featured Hand to Hold founder Kelli Kelley on his most recent episode, The … [Continue reading]

Grandpa to the Rescue

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Unless one goes through the journey themselves, one will never understand the experience of NICU parents. Add an hour and a half drive to see your child and no siblings being allowed in, and it makes it that much harder of a journey. The girls … [Continue reading]

Overcoming Stage Fright

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I was thrilled when I learned Hand to Hold had been accepted to participate in Philanthropitch 2017 – until I learned I would only have three minutes and five slides to present our mission, prove we have a cost effective, impactful, scalable model … [Continue reading]