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

Reader story: My Little Hero

The following story is from Preemie Babies 101 reader Cecily. If you’d like to share your NICU story with us, click the Share Your Story link, or email leighann@handtohold.org. What were the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth? In 1984, I had a complicated pregnancy, placenta previa, and was on bed rest. I had two beautiful children, a son, and […]

Baby Shower Blues

The day before I delivered my preemie at 29 weeks, via emergency c-section, I was at work, feeling exhausted and uncomfortably swollen. I also had nagging headache that would only get progressively worse throughout the next 24 hours. However, despite my increasing physical discomfort, I was joking with my co-workers over the story they were […]

How A Random Act Of Kindness Help Us Through Our NICU Journey

It was typical morning in the NICU, a place that felt like home after months of daily visits. As I sat watching my daughter sleep, a nurse walked up to me with a package in hand. It was addressed to Peyton, my lone surviving triplet. I quickly opened the box, unwrapping a gift from the […]

We Need to Change our Thinking About the Mom’s Role in Premature Birth Prevention

I have been part of the premature birth community for nearly five years now since giving birth to my 26-weeker. I’ve talked with so many women who’ve experienced premature birth for a myriad of reasons, as well as women who are pregnant and hoping baby stays in just a couple weeks, days, hours longer. And […]

World Prematurity Day: Helping Preemie Parents Heal

World Prematurity Day wasn’t a day I ever knew about or had any connection to until I became a preemie parent myself. Having spent 109 days in the NICU watching my son fight for his life, I became aware of the harsh realities of extreme prematurity first hand: the uncertainties and unknowns, the helplessness against […]