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

Seizures at Birth: Meilani’s Journey

My pregnancy was amazing. I never knew there was something so rewarding! Every check up our daughter was right on for growth, and I was healthy.

journey seizures term baby in hospitalAt my 39 week check up on October 26, 2015, I had been having some issues with swelling and headaches. My urine dip had protein in it, and I had high blood pressure. I informed my OB of the swelling in my right leg, and I was immediately sent for a ultra sound of my lower leg. Later that day I was admitted for a blood clot. Our daughter was perfectly healthy, yet here I was stuck in the hospital. [Read more]

Will She Live? a Former Preemie’s Story

On Oct. 6, 1976, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at Riverside Hospital I was born, 3 months early, at 26 weeks gestation. My weight was 1 pound 12 ounces (787 grams), and was given 24hrs to live. [Read more]

You Said WHAT?! Social Media Etiquette for Preemie Parents

There’s a special place in my heart for parents and caregivers who experience difficult situations with their babies and children. I feel like these folks are more resilient, more appreciative of the miracle of nature and, ultimately, they are inspirational. I find them in like minded communities, offering support and sharing stories beyond life in […]

Next FB Chat: Keeping a Record of Your NICU Journey (and beyond)

SPECIAL EDITION!! Use Your Words: Keeping a Record of Your NICU Journey (and beyond) Through Journaling & More has TWO times available! Read the details below. Join us for our next Facebook Chat with writer, teacher, and author Kate Hopper as she shares how you can use your words in a powerful way during your […]