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

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

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. Being rushed by ambulance because severe preeclampsia […]

Your Story is Valid

As a supportive network of NICU parents, we do our best not to compare experiences, but to recognize that everyone’s experience is different, and everyone’s feelings about that experience are completely valid. It seems no matter how long the NICU stay, many of us carry some degree of guilt about not being able to protect our babies.

Each experience is unique to that parent. [Read more]

Being a NICU parent can be rewarding

I won’t lie, being a NICU parent was hard. I cried a lot. It was also surprisingly rewarding. The longer your baby is in the hospital, the harder it gets. My son, Theo, a 27-weeker, spent over 200 days in the hospital, 120 of them in the NICU. Even though he seemed healthy, Theo still required too much oxygen support to go home and we had to watch countless babies (many born after him) pack up and head home with their families. It was frustrating, but my husband and I made the most out of a lousy situation by expanding our emotional support team and doing self care. [Read more]

{Professional Insight} How to Explain Behavioral Therapy to Children and Teens

Sitting in the quiet waiting room just minutes before her therapist came to retrieve her, my 8-year-old turned to me, and with a clarity that always surprises me she asked, “Mom? Why do I come to therapy?”

It’s a hard question for us parents to answer. We want to protect our kids, make them feel safe, encourage their individuality, yet we don’t want to make them feel like they are different from their peers. My daughter is highly sensitive, and the last thing I wanted to do was add to her anxiety or uncertainty. [Read more]

Prematurity Awareness: What It Really Means

Many of us are aware of prematurity, through personal experience or a loved one. But what does prematurity awareness really mean, and how can we act on it? [Read more]