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

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 […]

What I Missed Out On the First Time & How to Help If It Happens Again

When your first child was born 14 weeks premature, like mine, the idea of a second pregnancy is, well, just a bit daunting. I feel strongly about postpartum care and how it’s even more crucial when your pregnancy and/or child has any sort of medical or special needs. The following is a very short, but […]

Are You Scared to Try for #2? Me Too.

When I was younger, people’s chosen family sizes always intrigued me. Why do they have that many (or few) kids? Why is there such a large age gap between those two children? Why am I 15 years old and dissecting other people’s family size? Of course now I know that most family sizes aren’t chosen, […]

Hope for NICU Moms on Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I can’t help but reflect on what a beautiful gift motherhood is. To have the chance of bringing forth life is a miracle. The road to motherhood for me had its challenges, one of them being preterm labor at 21 weeks and delivering at 22 weeks, 6 days. For 119 […]

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 […]