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

Send a Mother’s Day Card in Support of NICU Families

  Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and Hand to Hold is kicking off its first official Mother’s Day campaign. Beginning today and lasting through April 30th, when you make a donation of $25 or more, Hand to Hold will send a recipient of your choice a Mother’s Day card with your personalized message. Click here […]

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A NICU stay is a life-altering experience. You’d be hard-pressed to find a NICU parent who didn’t still feel the effects of their ordeal even years later. We at Hand to Hold are proud and honored to be able to provide support to these families in their journeys through the NICU and beyond. Watch this video to hear firsthand how Hand to Hold serves as a vital lifeline when parents are overcome by the challenges of preterm birth.
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Connecting Families to Vital Support

If there is one thing NICU parents want others to know, it’s this:

A NICU stay impacts the whole family.

But among the struggle, there is hope. [Read more]

Turning Loss into Advocacy

by Lana Macrum-Craig, Board President

My daughter Allie Reese would be celebrating her 9th birthday this month. Each year, as Mother’s Day approaches and soon thereafter, the date of her birth, my heart and mind become a little unsettled. Conflicting emotions of sorrow and pain intertwine with love and gratitude for the gift of being her mom.

Like most expecting mothers I had dreamed of joyous milestones with Allie and all that motherhood encompasses. But Allie’s early arrival at 26 weeks gestation and subsequent diagnosis of a very rare and terminal genetic disorder quickly dissolved my joy into anguish, as I knew I would only know the physical presence of my daughter for a short time.

Allie lived 18 precious days. During that time, my family struggled to navigate our emotions and the complicated and overwhelming reality of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). [Read more]

Blogging, Raising Funds, Giving Gifts, Mentoring: How Can You Give Back to the NICU?

Samantha Pridgen has given back to the prematurity community through blogging, raising money, donating gifts and volunteering as a Helping Hand mentor through Hand to Hold. What ways have you given back and what has it meant to you? [Read more]