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

Grandpa to the Rescue

Unless one goes through the journey themselves, one will never understand the experience of NICU parents. Add an hour and a half drive to see your child and no siblings being allowed in, and it makes it that much harder of a journey. The girls were born in May. Brooke came home in August, and in October we got […]

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]

How Can I Help Someone in the NICU? 5 Questions to Consider

With the premature birth of your friend’s baby you may be at a loss for what to say or what to do for her and her family. Maybe you have never met anyone who had a premature baby and you’re faced with some confusing questions. One of the best ways you can help a friend […]

Is Your Grandchild in the NICU? Here’s How You Can Help

One of the hardest moments I experienced after the birth of my son was telling my parents that he was in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).  I will never forget the pain in their eyes. The birth of a premature or sick baby is not merely stressful or difficult, it is traumatic. Suddenly you […]

Know Someone in the NICU? 10 Things You Can Do

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!

1. Ask them if they have a meal calendar set up, and if not, volunteer to get it started. While you’re at it, encourage folks to bring the meal in disposable dishes, along with a breakfast food for the family. That was always the toughest meal for me and my family to plan. It could be something as easy as a box of cereal and a gallon of milk. [Read more]