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 […]

Identifying and Managing Delays in Sensory Integration in Children

As a child develops, so does their sensory system, allowing them to react to the world and the people in it. Most children are able to comprehend sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell and process them in a way that works seamlessly together. Some children, though, experience problems with sensory integration and have adverse effects […]

In a Crisis, Communities Save Us

It’s no secret that our communities are hurting, given the recent national tragedies that have befallen us. Our hearts go out to those affected by these terrible events. I’m reminded of words from the lovable Mister Rogers, a quote that always seems to circulate on social media in times of crisis: “When I was a […]

The Life-Long Struggle of a Medically Fragile Child + {Free Hospital Packing List}

My baby did not end up in the NICU because he was premature. He ended up in the NICU because he was medically fragile. Though these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, many preemies–like my other child who was a 34 week feeder/grower–outgrow their immaturity. Most babies born medically fragile face a life-long struggle of […]