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

Baby Shower Blues

The day before I delivered my preemie at 29 weeks, via emergency c-section, I was at work, feeling exhausted and uncomfortably swollen. I also had nagging headache that would only get progressively worse throughout the next 24 hours. However, despite my increasing physical discomfort, I was joking with my co-workers over the story they were […]

7 Tips for Advocating for Your Kids

It’s true; nothing can ever really prepare you for being a parent. As a mom or dad you probably never thought you would also be advocating for your child as medical investigator, insurance expert and crisis interventionist. And just when you think you’ve figured out your new roles, something changes. You may have to find […]

10 Tips for Enduring Isolation During RSV & Flu Season

Our 24-weeker first came from the NICU mid-flu and RSV season in 2008. We struggled to explain to people why we had to be so cautious and remain in isolation. We’ve spent 10 winters indoors with pneumonia, RSV, and hiding from epic outbreaks. Here’s what I learned: Isolation: Keep your home clean and germ-free 1. […]

The Green Onesie

In a landfill somewhere there is a pale green Calvin Klein onesie. But I’ll get to that. Post-NICU, our 24-weeker was about nine months old, home with her dad and me. It was winter, and she had pneumonia. She was trached, on a ventilator with a three-foot radius, she was on oxygen, and she needed […]

3 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are here! You may have family visiting, or you may be visiting family, and your main goal – aside from enjoying some wonderful quality time together – is keeping your baby from getting sick during the holiday hustle and bustle. Here are three quick tips to keep your whole family healthy this season. […]