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

Community is Everything: The Cason Family’s Story

Brandon and I are thrilled to be the first “couple” to co-chair Fourth Annual Baby Shower Luncheon benefiting Hand to Hold. We have worked all year with such fabulous volunteers who all have the same mission in mind: help raise money for Hand to Hold, so more NICU and bereaved families can receive the support […]

Caring for Your Mental Health During a High-Risk Pregnancy and on Bed Rest

by Dawn K. Gibson, LCSW In our society, being pregnant is seen as a joyous event, something to celebrate, not something to endure. However, once a woman learns that her health and/or her baby’s health is in danger and she is placed on bed rest, her entire pregnancy and outlook changes. Although mothers know being […]

Loving My Scars: A Former Preemie’s Story

by Kaylee Gort “How did you get that scar?” a curious child asks. She is referring to the “V” shaped scar on the right side of my stomach, just above my hips. While others have commented that the scar is “weird,” I have never found shame in it. “Are you talking about this one?” I […]

Feeding Difficulties & Your Preemie

by Anne Boon, MS, CCC-SLP After being intubated with a breathing tube for so many months Bryce’s ‘suck muscles’ were weak and trying to feed from the bottle took so much energy that he would tire out before filling his belly. We supplemented tube feedings by way of an NG tube for weeks while trying […]

When I Knew I Was A Father

A reflection on a dad’s experience in the NICU, and the moment he realized that he was truly a father. [Read more]