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

A Mother’s Heart: How to Help it Heal After Severe Preeclampsia

heart, heart health, NICU, prematurity

It’s been four years, almost to the day, since I gave birth to my preemie at 29 weeks, weighing 2lb 6oz. Nothing at all like the big, bouncing baby boy I had been fantasizing about. Yet, he was the most beautiful, and tiniest, baby I had ever seen. … [Continue reading]

How to Pass the Days in the NICU

Any parent will tell you that having a child in the NICU is hard. Our situation was difficult because we had one child home and one still in the NICU. We could not take our home baby to the hospital with us because of flu and RSV season. It was a … [Continue reading]

How a Bump on the Head Led to a Great Idea: The NICU Now Podcast is Here!

A recent article in The Times theorized that if English philosopher, political economist and civil servant John Stuart Mill were around today, “his father would have dosed him not with Thucydides and Plato, but with podcasts.”1 Why? Because while the … [Continue reading]

Keeping My Respiratory-Compromised Child Healthy During RSV Season – One Mom’s Story

rsv, nicu, hand to hold, rsv awareness

by Shelley Colquitt, mother of two daughters, one who spent time in the NICU as a result of a rare disease I was excited and scared when we finally got to bring our youngest daughter, Mighty Z, home from the hospital. It had been six long … [Continue reading]

When I Knew I Was A Father

NICU, prematurity, twins, father, fatherhood, preemie dad, preemie father

The following story is from NICU Family Voices reader Kevin. If you’d like to share your NICU story with us, click the Share Your Story link, or email leighann@handtohold.org.  It’s been four years since I became a father. I remember it like … [Continue reading]