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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 […]

Send a Mother’s Day Card in Support of NICU Families

  Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and Hand to Hold is kicking off its first official Mother’s Day campaign. Beginning today and lasting through April 30th, when you make a donation of $25 or more, Hand to Hold will send a recipient of your choice a Mother’s Day card with your personalized message. Click here […]

10 Ways to Celebrate a NICU Mom on Mother’s Day

A similar  version of this post was originally published in May of 2013. From the moment I first laid eyes on my tiny one pounder baby girl, I wrestled with many emotions that caused me to question whether or not I deserved to be a mom. Of course, I did everything “right.” I took prenatals, […]

Celebrating Mother’s Day in the hospital

I never expected to spend my first Mother’s Day in a children’s hospital. But in May 2015, that was where I celebrated it.

A year earlier I discovered my pregnancy on Mother’s Day and carried that secret inside of me for two days before telling my husband. I spent those hours daydreaming of future Mother’s Days with picnics in the park, fresh-picked flowers and maybe even breakfast in bed.

But my 27-week micro-preemie, Theo, changed those daydreams. [Read more]

‘M’ is for the Many Things Moms Endure

On Mother’s Day, I think of the moms of the sick and premature babies I cared for in the neonatal ICU for more than 30 years. They all shared these characteristics: They and their spouses/partners were sleep-deprived — dead-dog exhausted. They were scared. Neonatal intensive care was the last place on Earth they wanted to […]