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

PreemieBabies 101 is LIVE!

For the past month, you’ve seen a few changes happen here at PB101.  We are excited to “officially” launch the new look and feel of this site, the parent blog for Hand to Hold, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas.

Our mission and the people we serve hasn’t changed, but how we approach it has.  This blog is an extension of a greater movement and organization, Hand to Hold.  Its mission is to provide comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications.  In short, we are here for YOU.

As the Lead Blogger for the site, I work with an exceptional team of bloggers whom you’ll hear from every month.  We will share our personal stories, struggles, life lessons and joys with all of you – from short to long stays, traumatic to routine births, from babies with many complications and those with few or none.  Our common experience as parents is how to care for ourselves, our children, and families after the challenges of caring for a medically fragile infant, the isolation and the long-lasting emotional scars this experience brings for many.  No parent should ever have to walk the path alone which is why these bloggers and fellow parents are committed to sharing with you in the hopes that it will make your burden lighter and your path easier.  You’re not alone; we are here for you!  Like what you read?  Share it, tweet it, pin it or comment on it.  Want to know more?  Tell us!  Want to join the team?  Find out how.

You’ll also hear from a professional each month on various topics in our Professional Insight Series.  This month, Dr. Felicia Nash, an OB/GYN, will share some invaluable information on postpartum depression – identifying, treating and learning from it.

We’ll be hosting an exciting Product Giveaway, just for the littlest people we love – our precious preemies!

And, we will feature a fantastic success story in our Friday Feature.  You won’t want to miss the beautiful story of how one of our preemies is thriving and growing after a NICU stay.

If you haven’t already, sign up to receive our posts via email (upper right side of the site) and follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook (PreemieBabies101 and Hand to Hold).  We look forward to hearing from you!

Kathryn Whitaker About Kathryn Whitaker

Kathryn Whitaker (TX) is the mother of six (including two 36-week preemies).  Her fifth child was diagnosed with IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), born at 3lbs. 9oz. and then developed a severe surgical case of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  He has various medical needs as a direct, and indirect, result.  On her personal blog, Team Whitaker, she writes about what she knows: big families, carpool, kids activities, faith, her beloved Aggies, specialist appointments and sanity checks with her husband.  You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


  1. I am the mother of 23 week twins, Olivia and Logan. They were born on August 27, 2007 weighing just over 1 lb 1 oz. They were given a 30% chance of survival and a 90% chance of a major disability. Logan passed away at just 1 month and 1 day old. Olivia was in the NICU for 105 days. She is now 4 1/2 years old and thriving. What a testament she is to the fighting spirit of the smallest of babies!! She lives with such an energy and zest for life. She has inspired me and so many other people throughout her life. Thank you for this blog and helping those, like me, who have lived through the unthinkable. Together we can make a difference!

Speak Your Mind