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Leigh Ann Torres

About Leigh Ann Torres

Online Community Coordinator, Preemie Babies 101 Lead Blogger - Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three living in Austin, TX. After a short and sudden bout with severe preeclampsia, Leigh Ann’s identical twin girls were delivered at 31 weeks, spending 38 mostly uneventful days in the NICU. Two years later the Torres family welcomed another baby, this time at term, with only a mild case of preeclampsia. Leigh Ann currently runs Hand to Hold’s official blog and social media channels. When she’s not doing laundry or fulfilling requests for snacks, she usually has her nose stuck in a book. You can keep in touch with Leigh Ann on Twitter or via email.

7 Ways to Thank a NICU Nurse

Whether you’re currently in the NICU, ready to be discharged, or you’ve been out of the unit for months (or years!), showing appreciation for the NICU nurses who cared for your baby never goes out of style. September 15 is NICU Nurse Appreciation Day, but the gift ideas below can be used year round to […]

Supporting NICU Families in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

So many families in Southeast Texas have been impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Thousands evacuated; thousands still stayed. NPR reports that over 100,000 homes have been affected by the storm and resulting flooding. In the days leading up to the hurricane, hospitals around the Texas coast began evacuating some of their tiniest patients: NICU […]

How to Support a Breastfeeding Mom in the NICU

In a recent study published in the Journal of Human Lactation, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia set out to understand what breastfeeding means to NICU moms. What they learned is that the term “breastfeeding” doesn’t necessarily have to mean putting the baby to breast. No matter if a NICU mom choses to feed her […]

{Book Review} Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins & Triplets, the Toddler to Tween Years

We received one complimentary copy of Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, the Toddler to Tween years in exchange for this review. In June we reviewed the first installment of Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories & Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets & More, and we’re thrilled to now be telling you about the […]

Kelli Kelley & NICU Now Podcast Nominated for WEGO Health Award

When Hand to Hold founder Kelli Kelley had her lightbulb moment to produce a podcast just for NICU parents, she knew she had to make it happen. A huge podcast fan herself, Kelli could already see what a valuable resource this podcast would be for parents currently in the NICU, those fresh home from the hospital, […]