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

Finding a Professional Counselor: Seeking the Help You & Your Family Deserve

As a parent, the range of emotions you experience are vast. When you become the parent of a medically fragile child, the experience becomes even more complex. While it is normal to have a range of feelings, you might find that these emotions become overwhelming and difficult to deal with when you are bombarded with […]

How My Marriage Survived the NICU

Head in my hands, heart feeling as though it had been ripped from my chest, I wondered how this could have happened. How could a normal, healthy pregnancy result in an unexpected, premature birth? For mommas that have been in this same situation, you know too well the pain and heartache I felt. Our son […]

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 […]

Dealing with NICU Staff

Part of me envies the NICU parents who can proudly proclaim that their NICU nurses were fantastic miracle workers sent from above who kept their tiny child alive. A NICU nurse who they keep in touch with, share pictures with, a nurse that remembers their child. I didn’t have that experience when our son was in […]

The NICU Window

My son is nearly 15 months old. Some days I look at my busy, clumsy toddler and forget that the NICU ever happened. Other days I remember it like it was yesterday, the memories of our month in the NICU still so vividly alive in my mind. Where we currently live, I drive by the […]