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

What to Expect on Discharge Day

Remember the saying, “Expect the unexpected?” It applies here too. On NICU discharge day. Just like there are processes and procedures while your baby is in the NICU, there are processes and procedures for leaving the NICU. The NICU nurses will not send you home unprepared. Getting ready to leave and being prepared at home […]

Surviving Coming Home with Cords and Monitors

Okay so picture this: you are in the hospital with your baby getting ready to take him/her home.  You get your little one all bundled up and in the car seat and you are on your way. Now imagine your child has been in the hospital for 11 months … yes, you read that correctly, […]

Don’t Put Yourself in Isolation

After I brought my daughter home from the hospital, my world became way too small. At first it felt luxurious to be home. Going back and forth to the NICU multiple times a day was exhausting, and I was so happy that I could spend an entire day in my pajamas and not have to […]

Weathering the Hurricane (Sandy) with a Preemie

My daughter had been home from the NICU two months when Hurricane Sandy made landfall in my home state of New Jersey. Born at 28 weeks due to placental abruption, Evelyn came home in August after 68 days in the NICU. [Read more]

You ARE Ready to Bring Your Baby Home!

May will always be a special month for me.  For most, May brings with it the end of the school year, vacation planning, and other events that mark summer’s arrival.  For me and my family, May holds a different meaning.  It marks the month we brought our son home from The NICU. As of May […]