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

World Prematurity Day: Helping Preemie Parents Heal

World Prematurity Day wasn’t a day I ever knew about or had any connection to until I became a preemie parent myself. Having spent 109 days in the NICU watching my son fight for his life, I became aware of the harsh realities of extreme prematurity first hand: the uncertainties and unknowns, the helplessness against […]

Prematurity Awareness: What It Really Means

Many of us are aware of prematurity, through personal experience or a loved one. But what does prematurity awareness really mean, and how can we act on it? [Read more]

Dear Preemie (On the Day You Are Born)

Well, my dear, here you are. I don’t know why fate brought us together so soon, for neither of us are finished growing. You are still so small and fragile; I am still preparing myself to be your mom. I planned to read a few more books and learn how to crochet before you were […]

10 Questions About Providing Breast Milk to Your Preemie

This November, we are proud to support National Prematurity Awareness Month, which is an annual event to educate and inform people about premature birth. With over 450,000 premature births in the United States each year, the goal is for Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day (November 17th) to raise awareness and help reduce the number of premature births.

Medela is dedicated to supporting all breastfeeding moms with resources to make their breastfeeding journey easier. Families of premature babies have a unique breastfeeding experience which involves providing much-needed breast milk to their infants in the hospital.

Medela asked preemie moms what questions they have about providing breast milk to their premature babies, and teamed up with Hand to Hold to provide their expert guidance to answer the 10 most common questions we received. [Read more]

A Prematurity Story: World Prematurity Day

Once upon a time an expectant mother and father eagerly anticipated the arrival of a healthy baby on or around their due date in 40 weeks’ time. Unfortunately at some point during the prenatal period, things took a turn for the worst, and instead of welcoming a baby on their due date, these same parents […]