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

{Friday Feature} Finding Connection and Healing Through Women’s Stories

Throughout my life I have always been fascinated by other people’s stories. I was a journalism major in college and was known to be more engaged in listening to the conversation at the table next to me at a restaurant than my dinner companions’.  I always joked that I was interested in other’s tales because my […]

Sarah P’s Amazing Birth Story

My name is Sarah and I would like to share my birth story. First off, I am an OB/GYN by trade, my husband is a general surgeon and all the years of medical training could never prepare us for the birth of our precious miracle Maddie. Of course the road began with infertility… After 14 […]

{Friday Feature} Raising a Preemie Is Like Climbing a Mountain

Raising a premature child is very similar to climbing a mountain.  I have done both. In 2009, I experienced several challenges during what should have been a low-risk pregnancy.  I developed an enchondroma bone tumor on my right pinky causing it to fracture.  One hypothesis is the trauma of the fracture caused me to lose […]

{Friday Feature} Meet Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez & Alejandro

Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez is a NICU mom who has found her life’s passion in helping and coaching others after loss and the premature birth of her son who has special needs. She currently owns a coaching and consulting business, Families Blossoming LLC, to assist other NICU families and those with children with special needs. Gigi began […]

{Friday Feature} Bee Mighty

Our son, the mighty Shaw Richter, was born at 27 weeks, just over two pounds and spent 122 days in the NICU. Shaw’s medical history is long in his short 2 years of life. He suffered a stroke at birth and endured 22 spinal taps that left a permanent bruise on his backside. He had […]