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Preemies vs. Statistics

When too many numbers get jumbled in my head, it’s overwhelming. Even on a good day. I came this close to failing my mandatory college statistics class.  I would tell you what this close means in percentages, but herein lies my point, I’m that bad at math.  So, when we found ourselves in a hospital room listening to a neonatologist give us statistics for our unborn, not yet 24 week baby, it was mind numbing. And heart wrenching.  Sucker punching, frankly. 56% chance of surviving the delivery. 67% chance he would have moderate to significant developmental delays. Every day brought a new set of data and stats. If you’ve logged any NICU time at all, you know how devastatingly important data becomes. With each diagnosis and in every conversation there are always, always statistics to consider. The statistics seem to mean everything in those moments.

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2014 NICU Heroes Awards Finalists, Pt 1

Nurse Natalie with Bella

The outstanding care neonatal professionals give to NICU families is recognized and applauded each year during the NICU Heroes Awards, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) … [Continue reading]

Living With Grief: My Story of Infant Loss

The Skrysak Family

Today is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, part of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Preemie Babies 101 Blogger Stacey Skrysak shares her story, and if you are living with grief due to a loss, the Hand to Hold staff and Preemie … [Continue reading]

The Importance of Hand Washing and Sibling Touch


Wednesday, October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. We hope you'll enjoy these tips, as well as our pro-insights article later this month on the topic of hand washing. I saw the excitement in my daughters’ eyes as we entered the NICU for them to … [Continue reading]

The Anxiety of Bringing Home Baby


Bringing home a newborn can be scary under the best of circumstances. When that baby has special medical needs, a homecoming can elicit anxiety or mixed feelings. I was utterly terrified to bring my daughter home from the NICU. I remember when … [Continue reading]