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

Celebrating 5 Years of Impact in the NICU Community

NICU mom and Hand to Hold volunteer Erica P visits with a fellow mom at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, Texas at a recent Mother's Day celebration.

NICU mom and Hand to Hold volunteer Erica P. visits with a fellow mom at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas at a recent Mother’s Day celebration.

Parenting a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and founding a nonprofit have much in common. Both require a strong faith, sheer determination and a community of support. And just as I marvel at the tremendous obstacles my micropreemie (now 14 years old) has overcome, I am humbled by the impact Hand to Hold has had in the lives of tens of thousands of NICU and bereaved families across the country since its founding five years ago.

Thousands of parents receive support through our national Helping Hand, peer-to-peer support program and online support forum, Life after NICU. Thousands of families join us monthly for our NICU 101 Facebook chats with healthcare professionals, and thousands more follow our parent blog, PreemieBabies101. Hospitals across the country utilize our NICU Resource Library to foster communication and education opportunities with NICU families, and Hand to Hold’s special resources for NICU siblings help children understand why their baby brother or sister must stay in the hospital. [Continue reading]

Parenting, One Mistake at a Time

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Remember when you had it all figured out? When you knew exactly the kind of parent you would be? You read all the books and had all the answers. You knew what you would do and what you wouldn't do. You had your list of "Nevers." Some things were … [Continue reading]

Who Decides? Life-saving Care for Micropreemies

Kangaroo Care with Dad

When Miri’s water broke at 22 weeks and 6 days of gestation, we knew our child was in extreme danger, and we were trying to cling to some hope he might live. The neonatologist who came to talk to us didn’t help with hope. “At this stage, I don’t … [Continue reading]

Glasses Can be a Good Thing

Kendall's 1st pair of glasses

When I first realized I was going to be having preemies, I was naturally super scared. Besides all their obvious issues that would more than likely occur, I was very worried about their eyes. I was born with a lazy eye and am legally blind in my … [Continue reading]

Stress, Grief and Mental Health

NICU bonding, two weeks after birth

Someone once told me, depression doesn't mean you're weak. It means you've tried for too long to be strong. Months after my daughter came home from the hospital, those words resonated with me so much. My pregnancy had been plagued with stress. At … [Continue reading]