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

Emerging from Trauma: Stephanie’s NICU Journey

I had my daughter 17 months ago, but it seems like a lifetime. We didn’t have a hard time getting pregnant. It was almost instant. But staying pregnant was a different story for me. I ended up in the hospital at 27 weeks, 4 days with preterm premature rupture of the membranes (pPROM). My water […]

{Professional Insight} Postpartum Depression after a Complicated Delivery

The following post is the second part of a three-part series on PPD and PTSD in NICU parents. Visit part 1 of the series: Postpartum Depression and PTSD in Fathers, and stay tuned for Part 3 in August! We have heard more and more in the news about how common postpartum depression is – affecting about […]

{Professional Insight} Postpartum Depression & PTSD in Fathers

This post is the first installment in a three-part series on PPD and PTSD in NICU parents. Visit part 2 of the series: Postpartum Depression after a Complicated Delivery, and part 3: Postpartum PTSD: How to Manage a Traumatic Birth Experience. We spend a lot of time talking about the postpartum wellbeing of moms. But fathers are […]

Moms Take to Social Media in Defense of PPD in #meditateonthis

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, moms all over the world took to social media with the hashtag #meditateonthis, to rally together in defense of a new recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which states, “The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.”

This recommendation is huge for the community of PPD survivors, who call themselves Warrior Moms, and who have battled all forms of postpartum depression, anxiety, even psychosis.

So why were they having to defend themselves? [Read more]

Next FB Chat: The Many Shades of the Baby Blues

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 21, 2013 for a Facebook Chat from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm CT on Hand to Hold’s Facebook wall. Neonatologist Dr. Sue Hall explores the truths behind the emotions many of us face before and after delivery.  What should you do when the crying won’t stop? When is it not […]