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

When I Knew I Was A Father

A reflection on a dad’s experience in the NICU, and the moment he realized that he was truly a father. [Read more]

{Book Review} Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early

Children don’t always understand the complexities of prematurity. Children’s books featuring prematurity and the NICU are a wonderful way for children to begin to grasp the concept without being overwhelmed or intimidated by language and situations usually reserved for adults.

To children, the story of Prince Preemie is that of a puppy born too soon, who has to stay in the hospital, and who may not fit in without his official crown.

To parents, the book addresses the difficulty of having a child in the NICU – the uncertainty of the unknown, the helplessness of watching your baby in those scary first days of the NICU, and the worry of what difficulties your child will endure in the coming days, weeks, and years. [Read more]

What Does That Mean? Reading Your Baby’s Cues

Cues are the signals your baby uses to show what they are feeling and how they are coping with the world around them. Babies can show this both through their behavior and through changes in their physiological state. [Read more]

In the NICU, Blood Equals Life

Blood isn’t a topic that everyone thinks about until they need it. January is Blood Donor Awareness month and our NICU babies need blood much more than you realize. [Read more]

Preemie FAQs

Our friends and family definitely have questions about our preemies, their birth and their health. I’ve created a little list of some of the most frequently asked questions we got when our son was born at 26 weeks. So the next time you get bombarded with a bunch of questions, take a break instead of racking your brain and share this article with your loved ones. [Read more]