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

Meet the Professional: What Does a Child Life Specialist Do?

Babies who have spent time in the NICU have higher rates of rehospitalization than other infants. Even if your child was only discharged from the NICU a few days or weeks before needing to return to the hospital, you will most likely find yourself in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit instead of the familiar NICU. […]

Nourishing Your Premature Baby in the NICU

Advances in perinatal medicine have improved the survival of premature infants born as early as the 23rd week of pregnancy. Preemies weighing less than one pound often survive and even thrive in NICUs across this country. The NICU course can be a long and painful journey for both preemies and their families. One of the […]

Reader story: My Little Hero

The following story is from Preemie Babies 101 reader Cecily. If you’d like to share your NICU story with us, click the Share Your Story link, or email leighann@handtohold.org. What were the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth? In 1984, I had a complicated pregnancy, placenta previa, and was on bed rest. I had two beautiful children, a son, and […]

How A Random Act Of Kindness Help Us Through Our NICU Journey

It was typical morning in the NICU, a place that felt like home after months of daily visits. As I sat watching my daughter sleep, a nurse walked up to me with a package in hand. It was addressed to Peyton, my lone surviving triplet. I quickly opened the box, unwrapping a gift from the […]

112 Miles for 112 Days in the NICU

Lord help me, I hate to run! Seriously, I really want to be a runner! I want one of those cool 26.2 car window decals. I want to experience that runner’s high people keep telling me about. I set a goal to run 112 miles in one month in honor of my children and the […]