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

My One and Only Preemie

prematurity, autism, hand to hold, preemie babies 101, only child, pregnancy“Is he your only child?” or “Are you going to have anymore?” are two of my least favorite questions and also the two I am asked most often. I honestly wish the people asking understood how hard those kind of questions are for many parents to answer and especially hard for a parent of a preemie. In any event, I usually just give a yes or no and leave it at that. There was far too much going on in my family’s life to think very hard about what my answers to those questions really were. But that was until earlier this year when there were a couple of agonizing days I thought I might actually be pregnant. [Continue reading]

How My Marriage Survived the NICU

Head in my hands, heart feeling as though it had been ripped from my chest, I wondered how this could have happened. How could a normal, healthy pregnancy result in an unexpected, premature birth? For mommas that have been in this same situation, you … [Continue reading]

FAQs: Sunscreen & Babies

Summer means sun and fun, and if you've recently emerged from isolation at the end of RSV season, you are more than ready to take advantage of the longer, warmer days by visiting the park or the pool. Being out and about means you're going to … [Continue reading]

My Miracle Twins: Grace & Faith

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The following story is from Preemie Babies 101 reader Daby, mom to twins Grace and Faith. If you’d like to share your NICU story with us, click the Share Your Story link, or email leighann@handtohold.org.  What started off as a normal doctors … [Continue reading]

Finding a Balance Between NICU and Home

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When your baby ends up in the NICU, the world can feel like it's been turned up-side-down. All your normal daily routines are disrupted and set aside. Nothing outside these unit doors seems to matter as much as the life and death battle that is going … [Continue reading]