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

RSV 101: What Every NICU Parent Needs to Know

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For most infants, respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV) causes an illness like a common cold in the upper and lower respiratory tracts. But some babies, including those born preterm and those with special health care needs, may be at high … [Continue reading]

The NICU World

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The following story is from Preemie Babies 101 reader Shree. If you’d like to share your NICU story with us, click the Share Your Story link, or email leighann@handtohold.org.  "Your twins are off the CPAP," said the nurse on the other end of the … [Continue reading]

Community is Everything: The Cason Family’s Story

Brandon and I are thrilled to be the first “couple” to co-chair Fourth Annual Baby Shower Luncheon benefiting Hand to Hold. We have worked all year with such fabulous volunteers who all have the same mission in mind: help raise money for Hand to … [Continue reading]

Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant

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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 … [Continue reading]

The Life-Long Struggle of a Medically Fragile Child + {Free Hospital Packing List}

My baby did not end up in the NICU because he was premature. He ended up in the NICU because he was medically fragile. Though these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, many preemies--like my other child who was a 34 week … [Continue reading]