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

Feeding Difficulties & Your Preemie

by Anne Boon, MS, CCC-SLP After being intubated with a breathing tube for so many months Bryce’s ‘suck muscles’ were weak and trying to feed from the bottle took so much energy that he would tire out before filling his belly. We supplemented tube feedings by way of an NG tube for weeks while trying […]

When Coming Home from the NICU Isn’t What You Expected

In the NICU Faye seemed like she did so well. She sailed through her two-month stay with no issues and the doctors we all so impressed with her. They called her the superstar of the ward. This was my second time around at being a mama, so once there was talk of her coming home […]

Invisible Disabilities: Advocating for the Unseen

Parents of preemies often remark on how one can never quite seem to leave the NICU behind. Sometimes they are referring to the emotional effects of a traumatic birth and NICU stay. Sometimes they are referring to the aftermath of prematurity itself: developmental delays, physical delays, and other “invisible disabilities.” When a baby is born prematurely, […]

Meet the Professional: What Does a Dietician Do?

While a baby was in the NICU they are often cared for by a NICU dietitian who monitored their nutrition, caloric intake, and growth. After discharge parents must continue to monitor their baby’s nutritional needs. A good discharge plan can help, but it is crucial that parents follow-up with your pediatrician as well. Often parents and doctors seek the assistance of a […]

Safe Sleep Practices for Baby

by Hand to Hold staff, in collaboration with SafeKids Austin & Travis County Medical Examiner There are few pleasures that can compare with holding your sleeping baby in your arms. Any parent who has spent time in the NICU can tell you exactly what it meant to them to hold their baby for the first time! Once we […]