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

Identifying and Managing Delays in Sensory Integration in Children

As a child develops, so does their sensory system, allowing them to react to the world and the people in it. Most children are able to comprehend sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell and process them in a way that works seamlessly together. Some children, though, experience problems with sensory integration and have adverse effects […]

Pregnancy After Preterm Birth or Loss

by Felicia Nash, MD, OB/GYN  Making the decision to try and conceive after a pregnancy loss or preterm birth involves both emotional and physical health components. Often couples faced with this decision spent agonizing weeks, months or years dealing with the pregnancy and/or NICU stay. Attend to Your Emotional Health First Grief counseling is a […]

Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant

Lactation consultants understand first-hand how crucial breastfeeding is to premature babies. They also know the challenges mothers face and how much support is needed during this time for both mom and baby. We interviewed Kay Needles-Gregorio, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NICU nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, to help identify some of […]

Meet the Professional: What Does a Lactation Consultant Do?

Before your baby was born, you might have dreamed about what your parenting style might be and what it would feel like to hold your little one. You may have already decided your preference on feeding your baby breast milk or formula. Now your baby is in the NICU or may have arrived home, and […]

Preemie Nutrition: Increasing Your Milk Supply

It is not uncommon for moms of preemies to face challenges with milk production while their baby is in the NICU. The overwhelming amount of information give each day, coupled with the pressure to produce milk for baby can be stressful. Kay Needles, an internationally board certified lactation consultant and NICU nurse, shares with us […]