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

Sleep Awareness for Preemie Parents

It’s a huge relief to finally have your baby home from the NICU, but there can be anxiety leaving the dedicated staff and reliable monitors behind. If you are arriving home without equipment, it can be extremely frightening to allow your baby to sleep without standing there staring right at him/her. Our first night home, I decided that I would just never sleep again. Period. Eventually my body gave out and after a few nights of trying, I realized that my baby was doing just fine without me. For the record, the NICU follows specific standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to ensure that your baby is capable of sleeping/breathing consistently before they are discharged. [Read more]

Looking Back on Five Years

Five years ago my husband I looked over scans on the computer screens and became well versed in the anatomy and conditions of our little boys. You could say we had a crash course in neonatology, and at that time I worried many of my dreams and ideals for my babies may never occur, yet we had high hopes and knew we could take on whatever came our way. [Read more]

If Only I Had…

It was a cold, clear day in February, the sun was shining through the windows of our playroom and my daughters, Avery and Lily were busy investigating a new toy, pushing every button and making every song sing over and over and over again.  Unfortunately, their sister Zoe was not feeling her best.  She had […]

5 Questions to Ask a Preemie’s Pediatrician

Some preemie parents haven’t selected a pediatrician prior to birth because they figured they had forty weeks to do so. I, however, had selected mine based on quite a bit of research. In retrospect, I hadn’t been asking the right questions at all. Preemies and preemie parents deserve to have special attention from their pediatrician […]

Advice For Parents Of Preemies: Learning To Ask The Questions

My daughter was two months old on the day that I discovered that I had missed her first bath. And her second. And her third. And I don’t actually know how many others because I was too embroiled in my emotions, simultaneously outraged and heartbroken, to ask. Scarlette was born at twenty five weeks. At […]