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

Caring for Your Mental Health During a High-Risk Pregnancy and on Bed Rest

by Dawn K. Gibson, LCSW In our society, being pregnant is seen as a joyous event, something to celebrate, not something to endure. However, once a woman learns that her health and/or her baby’s health is in danger and she is placed on bed rest, her entire pregnancy and outlook changes. Although mothers know being […]

Bonding with Your NICU Baby at Home

by Dr. Lisa Michelle Noll, Pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital When we are pregnant, we dream of the first minutes and hours after birth, holding, kissing, and caring for our newborn baby. Attaching to and bonding with our newborn baby seems natural, not something we need to prepare for, but just rather something that happens […]

Loving My Scars: A Former Preemie’s Story

by Kaylee Gort “How did you get that scar?” a curious child asks. She is referring to the “V” shaped scar on the right side of my stomach, just above my hips. While others have commented that the scar is “weird,” I have never found shame in it. “Are you talking about this one?” I […]

The Four Areas of Self-Care

Practicing self-care is important for all of us and even more crucial for parents of preemies and children with special needs.  Below are several examples of how you can nurture yourself and make self-renewal a part of your everyday life in the four areas of self-care: physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.1 Physical Care Be kind […]

Invisible Disabilities: Advocating for the Unseen

Parents of preemies often remark on how one can never quite seem to leave the NICU behind. Sometimes they are referring to the emotional effects of a traumatic birth and NICU stay. Sometimes they are referring to the aftermath of prematurity itself: developmental delays, physical delays, and other “invisible disabilities.” When a baby is born prematurely, […]