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

Tiny Addicts: How America’s Opioid Crisis Affects Babies

Every 25 minutes the world’s tiniest and most vulnerable souls, just hours old, are victims of a vastly growing opioid epidemic. The second the cord is cut, separating a mother from child, the tough road begins. Born addicts against their will, they may suffer what nurses report as trembling, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, sweating, unrest, convulsions, […]

A Holiday Letter from Hand to Hold

Have social media and Shutterfly displaced the traditional holiday letter? Now that we can update Aunt Martha about Little Johnny’s record setting soccer goals and Little Susie’s tremendous accomplishments in band, gymnastics and field hockey through daily Facebook posts, what is left to share in an old-fashioned holiday letter? If you are anything like me, […]

An Afternoon of Community and Compassion

Last Friday, October 20, Hand to Hold and our supporters gathered around the turquoise table for our 4th Annual Baby Shower Luncheon at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin, TX. We started the day with mingling, champagne, and bidding on generously donated Silent Auction items ranging from party boat rentals, a getaway at a Lake […]

Supporting NICU Families in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

So many families in Southeast Texas have been impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Thousands evacuated; thousands still stayed. NPR reports that over 100,000 homes have been affected by the storm and resulting flooding. In the days leading up to the hurricane, hospitals around the Texas coast began evacuating some of their tiniest patients: NICU […]

Overcoming Stage Fright

I was thrilled when I learned Hand to Hold had been accepted to participate in Philanthropitch 2017 – until I learned I would only have three minutes and five slides to present our mission, prove we have a cost effective, impactful, scalable model that is capable of expanding nationally, and I would be presenting to seven […]