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

Speaking to the Unspeakable: Lifting the Stigma Around Mental Health After the NICU

When my surviving son was finally discharged from the NICU, he cried for about three months straight. Literally. My husband and I called it the daily “witching hour”, though it was hardly an hour. It lasted on average from 3-8pm daily (in addition to other fussy moments). We researched and researched ways of soothing him. We tried driving, swaddling, babywearing, swinging, reflux meds, playing music (The Velvet Underground and Nico was his favorite album), singing, dancing, jumping around holding him on our shoulder, rubbing his back, going outside, and all kinds of folkloric colic remedies that came to no particularly different outcomes. I was exhausted, deflated, and my feelings of guilt and shame with preterm birth were compounded by the idea that now that I was finally able to be Elliott’s sole provider as a newly stay-at-home mom, I was failing even at that. [Read more]

Surviving Isolation During the Holidays

So, you started isolation. You’ve loaded the pantry with the isolation artillery: Clorox wipes, masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol. You barely leave the house. You’ve become fast friends with the computer, your only link to everything happening outside your bubble. You and the family have settled into an isolation friendly routine. Limited trips in public, shoes off at the door, 2 minute hand scrubs, Lysol sweeps every few days and radar ears for any cough or sneeze within a 30 foot radius of your earshot.

And now? It’s the holidays. [Read more]

7 Tips for a Successful Summer with Your Preemie

Summer – glorious summer! I love the season, but the first time he saw it, my baby hated everything about it. Now that we’re all out of isolation, how do we make the most of this time of year? My preemie was born in the middle of a beautiful northern summer, but with eyes fused […]

Good Hand to Hold Hygiene Tips

May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day Okay, so we all know it’s important to wash our hands throughout the day, but do you really take hand hygiene that seriously? According to Judah G, Aunger R, Schmidt WP, Michie S, Granger S, Curtis V., “Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing, there is still room […]

{FB Chat} Coping While Under Quarantine

Looking at ways to celebrate the holidays and enjoy meaningful family time even when you hear the dreaded word “quarantine.” Emma Trenti Paroli, NICU mom of a 29-weeker and co-author of Preemies: the Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies and My Preemie App will joins us. [Read more]