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

Imprints Where I Once Saw Scars

A certain peace lies in discovering that the emotional scars of the NICU have faded into imprints of two tiny faces born too soon. [Read more]

Bob the Nurse and Learning to be a Useful Dad

One day in June, Miri and I walked to the front desk of the NICU to sign in. My head briefly felt like there was a bubble of thin air around it and everything outside the bubble was moving too fast. I remembered the first time I felt this way was when our son, Gabriel, […]

A Letter to NICU parents

Dear NICU parent, First of all, congratulations on bringing life into this world! I don’t know how you got to this point. Whether your labor was long or short. Whether this moment was a surprise or a day that you have been anticipating after months on bedrest. I do know that it is ok to […]

Pay It Forward During the NICU Grand Prize Giveaway

When my little one was born unexpectedly early after a maternity ward tour, I never dreamed our child would have difficulties breathing. It never crossed my mind that an intensive care admission was a remote possibility and that I would have to leave my baby in the hospital after I was released to go home. […]

Raising Preemies: Does It Get Easier?

A new preemie mom asked me on my personal blog, “Does it get easier?”  – such a seemingly simple question to which I had no answer.  My answer would be “yes,” but I knew that was just our story.  It didn’t represent the entire preemie population, and had she asked me a year or two […]