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Dear Friends and Readers,

I am in search of some preemie parents who would be interested in writing regular posts for Preemie Babies 101, whether once a month, twice a month, or even once a week depending on how involved you might like to be.

Before you decide please allow me to explain how simple and how rewarding it can be:

1. Blog posts can be a question, a simple thought, a piece of advice for new preemie parents, an experience you had with your preemie, facts and information about something specific you’ve dealt with, inspirational quotes or messages of hope, or even preemie news you hear about.

2. Blog posts can be short or long, and in my experience they are the most enjoyable to read if you write them as if you’re talking or explaining something to family or friends.  You can write them like they’re a journal entry… just spilling your thoughts and concerns out on paper.  If you work with NICU patients or families you could share your perspective from the other side.

3. Most blog posts should only take a few minutes to put together.  Experiences are easy to write, fun to read, and helpful to others in your situation.

4. If you have experience with preemie babies then you’re qualified to write for Preemie Babies 101.  I certainly don’t believe I know more than the rest of you about preemies, I’m just sharing my thoughts and experiences.  Those of you who have been there appreciate having someone understand you and relate to you, and those who are just beginning their journey with a preemie appreciate the foresight on what they might expect in the future.  It’s a win-win situation.

5. Preemie subjects that you are passionate about, interested in, or had extensive experience with are perfect for you to write about.  I write most about losing a preemie because I lost one, breastfeeding a preemie because that was one of my most drawn-out and difficult issues in the NICU, getting through a high-risk pregnancy because I spent months on bedrest, getting weekly shots, having manual exams, and facing emotional struggles to get my third baby here full-term, etc.

6. You don’t have to think of subjects that haven’t already been written about.  I wouldn’t mind if there were five different posts about headbox oxygen, or bottle-feeding in the NICU, because there would be five different perspectives and five different experiences being shared about them.  I would like everyone who visits Preemie Babies 101 to be able to say “Yes, that was just like what I went through!” or “Wow, I had no idea it could be like that”.  Either way, it’s comforting and it’s educational.

Any takers?  I would really like some help to keep this blog going because I know it has benefited many readers.  I have enjoyed sharing my experiences, and I will continue to do so, but I need to scale back my personal involvement a little bit.  Your involvement will be completely voluntary, as is mine, and together we can help as many families as we can reach!

If you are interested in becoming an author, please contact me via my Contact page or send an email to afton@preemiebabies101.com. Thanks for your support!

If you can’t be an author but want to encourage others to do so, please leave a comment stating how Preemie Babies 101 has helped you or what more you would like to learn on Preemie Babies 101.  Your comments may be the inspiration that keeps Preemie Babies 101 going!

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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