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Feeling Bah HumBug about the holidays this year?  Join us Wednesday, December 11th at 11:30 am CST on Hand to Hold’s Facebook Wall as we look at ways to celebrate the holidays and enjoy meaningful family time even when you hear the dreaded word “quarantine.”  Emma Trenti Paroli, NICU mom of a 29-weeker, co-author of Preemies: the Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies and co-creator of the new IOS app MyPreemie, will join us with advice on how to cope with an extended stay at home to reduce your child’s chances of infection and rehospitalization.

Topics will include:

  • Ways to include family without being in the same house
  • Why being under quarantine can bring opportunities to begin new traditions
  • How choosing to celebrate this holiday with just you and your newest blessing(s) can be a peaceful and reflective opportunity to enjoy some much needed and deserved downtime.

We will also provide tools and discuss ways to help family understand the importance of your choice to avoid large gatherings, as well as things to keep in mind if you begin feeling down when seeing all the posts and pictures online of family gatherings you might be missing out on.  If you would like to ask a question in advance, send us a private message on our Hand to Hold FB Wall.

Emma Trenti ParoliEmma Trenti Paroli, a science  and medical news writer and NICU mom, has authored cover stories for L’Espresso and other leading publications. She is the co-author of Preemies: the Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies and the co-creator of the new IOS app MyPreemie with Dana Wechsler Linden and Dr. Mia Wechsler Doron. She and Dana met when their children shared the same room in the neonatal intensive care unit. Emma lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Jennifer Beatty About Jennifer Beatty

Jennifer Beatty (TX) is the mother of two active boys born early and a social worker employed by Hand to Hold. With her first son, she delivered at 36 weeks and experienced a brief overnight stay in the NICU for blood sugar issues. After fertility issues with her second pregnancy, Jennifer was devastated to have an emergency delivery at 30 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia. Though her younger son only weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces at birth, he came home after 45 days in the NICU at just over 5 pounds and is a strong and healthy preschooler.

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