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

A Mother’s Hands

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I will never forget the image of my mom entering my hospital room shortly after my son was born. She did not come bearing balloons or flowers or a soft receiving blanket. Instead of tears of joy following the birth of her first grandchild, her eyes … [Continue reading]

Meet the Professional: What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

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Raising a kid with special health and developmental needs can seem daunting. Often we come home from the NICU with a list of follow-up appointments to make, screenings to do and specialists to see. In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we spoke … [Continue reading]

Loving My Scars: A Former Preemie’s Story

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by Kaylee Gort “How did you get that scar?” a curious child asks. She is referring to the “V” shaped scar on the right side of my stomach, just above my hips. While others have commented that the scar is “weird," I have never found shame in … [Continue reading]

Navigating the NICU as a Family: Connecting Siblings with NICU Babies

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Sibling love is a tough journey for any family and even harder when you have a baby in the NICU. Learning to manage your own emotions, as well as the guilt and stress that comes with having a medically fragile child, can come at a large cost. When … [Continue reading]

The NICU Window

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My son is nearly 15 months old. Some days I look at my busy, clumsy toddler and forget that the NICU ever happened. Other days I remember it like it was yesterday, the memories of our month in the NICU still so vividly alive in my mind. Where we … [Continue reading]