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

10 Embarrassing Things Said by a NICU Dad

Our micropreemie, Zoey, was born at 24 weeks. She was our first child, so we were launched into the NICU with lots of questions and very different approaches to parenting. There are certain stand-out moments that in retrospect I appreciate, but at the time, I was embarrassed by them. Here are ten of the most […]

Kelli Kelley on Devin Thorpe’s Your Mark on the World

Journalist and speaker Devin Thorpe covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing for Forbes Magazine and his podcast and YouTube show, Your Mark on the World. Devin featured Hand to Hold founder Kelli Kelley on his most recent episode, The Painful Story of a Reluctant Social Entrepreneur. In the podcast, Kelli shares her emotional story of delivering […]

Grandpa to the Rescue

Unless one goes through the journey themselves, one will never understand the experience of NICU parents. Add an hour and a half drive to see your child and no siblings being allowed in, and it makes it that much harder of a journey. The girls were born in May. Brooke came home in August, and in October we got […]

Why Do We Track Developmental Milestones?

We measure early childhood in milestones – the first smile, first step, that very first word. Parents are encouraged to track what their baby can do, but sometimes this can cause anxiety and frustration when you feel your child is not making strides in development compared to others. • • • • • • • Listen to NICU Now, Hand to […]

Red Flags Aren’t Always Red

As difficult as it is to hear that your child has some sort of developmental delays, it’s also a relief to get some answers. I’m not crazy after all! But then again, shouldn’t I have noticed these red flags sooner? The problem is, the red flags aren’t always red. When my twins turned seven, my husband and […]