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

Know Someone in the NICU? 10 Ways You Can Help

One of your friends just landed themselves in the NICU. Let me guess. You want to help, but you have no idea what to say or what to do. Fear not, many of us who have been there have these suggestions to help! [Read more]

Hidden Costs of the NICU

Having a baby is expensive. Having a baby in the NICU is astronomically more expensive; the details vary depending on your employer and insurance coverage, but there is no way around the fact you will be spending money you did not budget. Even if you have stellar insurance there are going to be hidden price tags along the way. These smaller costs also happen to be some of the easiest ways for your friends, family, and coworkers to pitch in and help. [Read more]

Giving Back: NICU Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

In 2010 my daughter was born fifteen and a half weeks early, making her February due date give way to a November birthday. Spending our first Christmas with our first child in the hospital, still unsure of whether or not we would ever bring her home, was incredibly difficult for us. The holidays were so hard that year, our situation looked so dim compared to all of the merry and bright outside of the hospital walls.

Now Scarlette is five years old, and every year on Christmas morning we visit the NICU where we spent our first Christmas with her as a family of three and deliver gift baskets to each of the families in the unit. It has become such a special holiday tradition in our family, and I love packing the gifts with her as an expression of gratitude for our journey. [Read more]

Bringing Gift-Giving to the NICU

This time of year is a wonderful time of year to thank and celebrate those who have made an impact in our lives.  It’s also a great time to give back and encourage those who might find it hard to find things to celebrate.  There are two things I love doing with my preemie, who […]

Christmas Wish List: Toys for Preemies

Being a preemie parent I’ve seen and learned a lot of things and have had the unique opportunity to understand things differently than most of my termie parent friends. A lot of what I saw and learned in the early days with my preemie kids was difficult and of course I’d have those moments where […]