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Next FB Chat: Keeping a Record of Your NICU Journey (and beyond)

SPECIAL EDITION!! Use Your Words: Keeping a Record of Your NICU Journey (and beyond) Through Journaling & More has TWO times available! Read the details below.

Use Your Words FB Chat March 2014Join us for our next Facebook Chat with writer, teacher, and author Kate Hopper as she shares how you can use your words in a powerful way during your preemie’s life.

This month, we are piloting a special evening chat time! You can choose to attend the chat on the Hand to Hold Facebook Wall on either Wednesday, March 19th, at 8:30 p.m. CT OR Friday, March 21st, during our regular time of 11:30 a.m. CT. While Kate will be joining us for both chats and will cover the same topics, we hope that opening the door to a nighttime audience will help more parents be able to attend!

Kate will share her advice from using her personal writing experience as a healing tool, as well as share some of the tips she covers in her book, Use Your Words. Whether you’re just starting your NICU journey, newly home, or beyond the stresses, writing can be a powerful way to cope with what life throws at us, and Kate will show you how to use your words for journaling, book-writing, keeping family updated, and more.

As an added bonus, a review and giveaway of her memoir will be available on the Preemie Babies 101 Blog before the chat AND attendees will learn how they can win a copy Use Your Words!

Send your questions for Kate via message to our Facebook page, and we’ll try to cover it during our chat!

KHopper-HeadshotAbout Kate Hopper: Kate Hopper is the author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. She teaches writing online and at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Kate holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, and a Sustainable Arts Grant. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, The New York Times online and Poets & Writers. She is an editor at Literary Mama. For more information about Kate’s writing and classes, visit  www.katehopper.com.

This chat is sponsored by:
St. David’s HealthCare – Providing exceptional care for the women of Central Texas. 

Angie Bickford About Angie Bickford

Angela “Angie” Bickford (TX) is the mother of triplets born just shy of 28 weeks and weighing only 2lbs. 5oz. each. Sadly, baby A only lived for 49 days, but she and her husband make it their mission to celebrate his short life by helping others who have lost children. She spent 111 days total in the NICU, and between her three children, has experienced NEC, brain bleeds and hydrocephalus, reflux/GERD, sensory issues, daily therapies, and several trips back to the hospital. She is a speaker, published author, and blogger. On her personal blog, she talks about loss, faith and her obsession with cupcakes. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest or via email.


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