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

4 Lessons on Breastfeeding in the NICU

Breastfeeding in the NICU is a daunting task, but it can also be an amazing achievement. When we entered the NICU at 27 weeks and 6 days, I knew there was very little I could do to care for our newborn. Yet, there was one thing I knew could do more than any doctor or […]

We Are Survivors: Preeclampsia Awareness Day

May 22 marks the first ever World Preeclampsia Day. Occurring in only 5-8% of pregnancies, preeclampsia isn’t a complication typically on the mind of a newly pregnant mom. Yet, for those it strikes it can be life changing and even deadly. I am a survivor. A survivor of this often unheard of, yet potentially deadly, pregnancy […]

Celebrate the Small Stuff

As a first time mom (and planner by nature), I spent a great deal of time during my pregnancy thinking about all the “first’s” that were to come.  I couldn’t wait to celebrate with friends and family at baby showers, pick out the perfect going home outfit and figure out where we would have newborn […]

Parenting With Confidence

“She’s yours. What do you think?”

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. We had been home from our 12 week NICU stay for about 6 months. Our 27 weeker was now 9 months old. It was the weekend and I had called the on-call number for our pediatrician to ask if I should take our baby to the MedCheck for a cough. As he spoke those words I realized that I still struggled at times to have the confidence to make medical decisions for my daughter. [Read more]