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

A NICU Nurse Reunion

This is Jeannie. I met Jeannie in the NICU when she was assigned to my identical twin girls one Saturday afternoon. Still early enough in our NICU stay, we had bounced around from nurse to nurse, a new face each day, a new name to try not to forget, and a new personality to try […]

NICU Hero Highlight: Joann Thorpe

Parents of preemie babies rely on the support of their baby’s healthcare professionals through a very scary time of life. Chelsea Arledge found neonatal nurse Joann Thorpe to be indispensable when her baby Travis was born at 23 weeks while her husband was deployed in Iraq. Because of Joann’s extraordinary support, Chelsea nominated her for […]

NICU Nurses: The Definition of a Hero

How do you say thank you to the people who saved your child’s life? Finding words to honor their dedication, compassion, kindness, brilliance, and love is an impossibly difficult task. [Read more]

Announcing the 2015 NICU Heroes Award Finalists – Part 1

The outstanding care neonatal professionals give to NICU families is recognized and applauded each year during the NICU Heroes Awards, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold. This year, families from 21 U.S. states nominated neonatal nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who helped make a difference for their preterm or medically fragile […]

Amy N’s Amazing Birth Story: NICU Nurse and NICU Mom

I knew the drill. This was the third baby, third c-section, and third preterm delivery. My son’s birth at 35 weeks and 6 days could go either way. I prayed for lungs that were mature. He didn’t cry right away. No one called my husband to the warmer. My baby was bundled up, and brought […]