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

New, small NICUs – convenient, or risky?

Five months in the NICU made the daily drive to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle quite tiresome. And then we met some Alaskans in the waiting room, who told us stories about being hustled on to air ambulances when pre-term labor was discovered, about husbands who had never seen their child because they had to stay with the other children, and about getting tired of living at the Ronald McDonald House.

I said, “There really ought to be a NICU in Juneau like the one here so you can be closer to home!”

A year after our family got home from the hospital, I went to a talk given by a neonatologist about how preemie care developed, and discovered that the issue of building smaller NICUs at community hospitals is complicated and controversial. [Read more]

Hidden Costs of the NICU

Having a baby is expensive. Having a baby in the NICU is astronomically more expensive; the details vary depending on your employer and insurance coverage, but there is no way around the fact you will be spending money you did not budget. Even if you have stellar insurance there are going to be hidden price tags along the way. These smaller costs also happen to be some of the easiest ways for your friends, family, and coworkers to pitch in and help. [Read more]

Accessing Resources with Help from a Social Worker

Having a preemie is a very scary process and can also be very confusing. When your baby arrives early, you’re not prepared in the way you might have been if you’d carried to full term. I know this was the case for us. I was 31 weeks pregnant with our twins when I delivered unexpectedly […]

Affording the NICU: 6 Ways to Reduce the Cost

A few weeks into my daughter’s NICU stay, my husband discovered a mistake. We had failed to put M on our insurance. The process had changed, and we had missed the enrollment deadline. My husband said that he almost collapsed to the floor when he learned we would be responsible for weeks of NICU bills. […]

12 Tips for Getting Synagis Injections Approved

Getting Synagis injections approved by insurance companies can be cumbersome, but for me the threat of my babies catching RSV was always worse. So, I stumbled my way through several Synagis approval scenarios. Hopefully, these tips can make your Synagis quest a little easier. But first, it’s important to understand that there are general guidelines that […]