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The Misdiagnosis of PTSD in Preemie Parents

Nightmares. Jitteriness. Feeling jumpy. Heart palpitations. Avoiding places that remind you of “that awful time.” What does that sound like? Without any context, to most, that list sounds like symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is something many women who had traumatic pregnancies, deliveries or babies in the NICU are frequently diagnosed with. Despite […]

{Professional Insight} Postpartum PTSD: How to Manage a Traumatic Birth Experience

The following post is the third installment of a three-part series on PPD and PTSD in NICU parents. Visit part 1, Postpartum Depression and PTSD in Fathers, and part 2, Postpartum Depression After a Complicated Delivery.  A Traumatic Delivery It might surprise you to learn that one third of women describe their labor and delivery experience as traumatic. […]

{Professional Insight} Postpartum Depression & PTSD in Fathers

This post is the first installment in a three-part series on PPD and PTSD in NICU parents. Visit part 2 of the series: Postpartum Depression after a Complicated Delivery, and part 3: Postpartum PTSD: How to Manage a Traumatic Birth Experience. We spend a lot of time talking about the postpartum wellbeing of moms. But fathers are […]

Birth Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It’s been three years since my son, Jaxson, was born more than four months early and I still relive the experience, scene for scene, when I see or hear a helicopter.

I am there. I feel the rumble of the helicopter blades. I smell the humid July air. I taste the fear in my throat when they tell me there is a chance I will deliver my baby while in flight to the hospital. I feel my blood turn to liquid lava the second the magnesium hits my bloodstream.

These flashbacks leave me gasping for air and disoriented. [Read more]

Stress, Grief and Mental Health

Someone once told me, depression doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’ve tried for too long to be strong. Months after my daughter came home from the hospital, those words resonated with me so much. My pregnancy had been plagued with stress. At 12 weeks, we had our nuchal translucency screening and were told our […]