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

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 Benefits of Kangaroo Care

by Jennifer Beatty, MSW, Family Support Navigator and NICU mom of two Kangaroo care is a form of developmental care that has benefits for all newborns, especially those who are in the neonatal intensive care unit. Also known as skin-to-skin contact or kangaroo mother care, kangaroo care involves direct contact when a newborn is placed skin-to-skin on […]

Hope for NICU Moms on Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I can’t help but reflect on what a beautiful gift motherhood is. To have the chance of bringing forth life is a miracle. The road to motherhood for me had its challenges, one of them being preterm labor at 21 weeks and delivering at 22 weeks, 6 days. For 119 […]

Celebrating Nurses for National Nurses Week

We come across them in almost every single medical office we encounter: our general practitioner, our OBGYN, our kids’ pediatrician, a specialist, and more. Nurses often serve as the first point of contact between patients and doctors, advocating for patients and providing exceptional patient care. May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week, and to celebrate, […]

Sleep Awareness Week & Preemie Sleep Challenges

The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week March 6th through March 13th, to raise awareness for the health benefits of sleep and its importance to safety and productivity. If there’s one thing new parents (and parents of preemies) have in common it is lack of sleep. A 2014 study showed that new moms were still sleep deprived after eighteen weeks of giving birth. There are hoards of articles with sleep tips for parents and recommendations for how many hours of sleep babies and toddlers need, but what if they don’t help? [Read more]