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

Accessing Resources with Help from a Social Worker

Having a preemie is a very scary process and can also be very confusing. When your baby arrives early, you’re not prepared in the way you might have been if you’d carried to full term. I know this was the case for us. I was 31 weeks pregnant with our twins when I delivered unexpectedly […]

Social Security Disability Benefits for Your Preemie

As if being thrust into preemie parenthood is not overwhelming enough from parental and medical viewpoints, the financial aspects of an early arrival can leave you feeling just as helpless. When Roxy was just a couple days old, we were met by a hospital social worker at her bedside.  We were asked for a variety […]

{Friday Feature} Bee Mighty

Our son, the mighty Shaw Richter, was born at 27 weeks, just over two pounds and spent 122 days in the NICU. Shaw’s medical history is long in his short 2 years of life. He suffered a stroke at birth and endured 22 spinal taps that left a permanent bruise on his backside. He had […]

{FB Chat} Empowering the Cerebral Palsy Parent

In honor of March as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker, a pediatric physical therapist & professor of pediatric physical therapy, was our guest at the March 21, 2013, Facebook Chat discussing Cerebral Palsy, a common diagnosis for newborns who have spent time in the NICU. [Read more]

Need Financial Assistance? A Guide to SSI, Medicaid, BCMH and WIC

I remember having the girls and not even thinking about money. I remember how overwhelmed I felt when we started getting bills for thousands and thousands of dollars. I immediately started freaking out and had no clue what we were going to do in order to pay all these bills. My mom works for an […]