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

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 […]

We Are Survivors: Preeclampsia Awareness Day

May 22 marks the first ever World Preeclampsia Day. Occurring in only 5-8% of pregnancies, preeclampsia isn’t a complication typically on the mind of a newly pregnant mom. Yet, for those it strikes it can be life changing and even deadly. I am a survivor. A survivor of this often unheard of, yet potentially deadly, pregnancy […]

The Benefits of Kangaroo Care

by Jennifer Beatty, MSW, Family Support Navigator and NICU mom of two Kangaroo care is a form of developmental care that has benefits for all newborns, especially those who are in the neonatal intensive care unit. Also known as skin-to-skin contact or kangaroo mother care, kangaroo care involves direct contact when a newborn is placed skin-to-skin on […]

Could This Artificial Womb Revolutionize Micro Preemie Care?

An artificial womb that has been tested on fetal lambs has gotten quite a bit of attention in the past week. (The end of April 2017, that is.) Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have used the device on eight fetal lambs and found that they have grown relatively normally for a month in the artificial womb.

Articles also have gotten around on social media, with quite a few people posting their reactions. My news feed has people raising medical and ethical questions as well as saying this is creepy like “A Brave New World” or “The Matrix.” As the dad of a micro preemie who was born at 22 weeks and 6 days of gestation (and who’s trying to publish a book on the topic) I thought I’d weigh in with several observations. [Read more]

Bonding with Your NICU Baby at Home

by Dr. Lisa Michelle Noll, Pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital When we are pregnant, we dream of the first minutes and hours after birth, holding, kissing, and caring for our newborn baby. Attaching to and bonding with our newborn baby seems natural, not something we need to prepare for, but just rather something that happens […]