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

7 Tips for Advocating for Your Kids

It’s true; nothing can ever really prepare you for being a parent. As a mom or dad you probably never thought you would also be advocating for your child as medical investigator, insurance expert and crisis interventionist. And just when you think you’ve figured out your new roles, something changes. You may have to find […]

Social Media & the NICU: Should You Friend Your NICU Nurse?

It’s 2018, and social media is almost unavoidable. Facebook alone has over 1.94 billion monthly active users, as of March 2017, with five new profiles created each second. Now take into account that 76% of Facebook users are female.1 All of these statistics can come together to point to this: NICU parents are going to […]

The Green Onesie

In a landfill somewhere there is a pale green Calvin Klein onesie. But I’ll get to that. Post-NICU, our 24-weeker was about nine months old, home with her dad and me. It was winter, and she had pneumonia. She was trached, on a ventilator with a three-foot radius, she was on oxygen, and she needed […]

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 […]