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

Navigating the NICU as a Family: Connecting Siblings with NICU Babies

Sibling love is a tough journey for any family and even harder when you have a baby in the NICU. Learning to manage your own emotions, as well as the guilt and stress that comes with having a medically fragile child, can come at a large cost. When you add siblings into the mix, the […]

Navigating the NICU When You Have Older Children at Home

Having a baby in the NICU is painful. There is a special, additional, layer of hell when you also have other children at home.

My daughter, Lorelei, had just turned five when her brother was born two months early. She lost her only child status in grand fashion.

There is no way to protect your older children from the situation completely, but there are ways to help them through. [Read more]

Multiples with Multiple Discharge Dates

I suddenly knew in my heart the twins did not need to stay in the hospital together until each was ready to come home. The twins could come home one at a time, if that was how it was going to work out. [Read more]

Blessed be the Tie that Binds: Supporting Family Bonding in the NICU

In an instant our family had doubled in size. Yet, it had never felt more fractured and disjoined. Each of our four children now existed as an island of one; protected yet separated from one another by hospital walls and incubator glass. [Read more]

Summer Activities for Your Preemie

The sun is out. The weather is warmer. It’s finally summer! If you are anything like me, you worked really hard to keep your preemie home and safe from RSV and the flu all winter long. It’s time to reward yourself and your little one with some fun in the sun. First things first, give […]