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

Pregnancy After Preterm Birth or Loss

by Felicia Nash, MD, OB/GYN  Making the decision to try and conceive after a pregnancy loss or preterm birth involves both emotional and physical health components. Often couples faced with this decision spent agonizing weeks, months or years dealing with the pregnancy and/or NICU stay. Attend to Your Emotional Health First Grief counseling is a […]

Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant

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 International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NICU nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, to help identify some of […]

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 feeder/grower–outgrow their immaturity. Most babies born medically fragile face a life-long struggle of […]

How to Support a Breastfeeding Mom in the NICU

In a recent study published in the Journal of Human Lactation, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia set out to understand what breastfeeding means to NICU moms. What they learned is that the term “breastfeeding” doesn’t necessarily have to mean putting the baby to breast. No matter if a NICU mom choses to feed her […]

Free Resource: NICU Nurturing and Nutrition

This month Hand to Hold is proud to release a comprehensive FREE resource to the NICU community, courtesy of Prolacta Bioscience®. Our latest free resource, NICU Nurturing and Nutrition, was developed for parents currently in the NICU who may have questions about how to meet their medically fragile baby’s nutritional needs. This resource is available […]