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

Blessed be the Tie that Binds: Supporting Family Bonding in the NICU

In an instant our family had doubled in size. Yet, it had never felt more fractured and disjoined. Each of our four children now existed as an island of one; protected yet separated from one another by hospital walls and incubator glass. [Read more]

Parenting Both a “Normal” and Special Needs Child

For me, the hardest thing about being a parent to a special needs child is watching Caleb, our son who was born with VACTERL, go through what he has gone through: a NICU stay, four surgeries, numerous hospitalizations and ER visits, countless specialist appointments, lab draws, radiology tests, daily medications and treatments, therapy, etc.  All […]

Elizabeth W’s Story

by Elizabeth Wiley The prompt was tell your whole story. How can I write a whole story? Because a story of a person, or a family, doesn’t have a beginning and it doesn’t have an end. If you think about it, we existed in our parents who existed in their parents. We have no beginning. […]

Perfectly Imperfect

Life is funny. It can change in the blink of an eye and the world  that you have pictured as perfect can suddently become imperfect, or so it seems. Life is a journey and you never know where your path may lead. Sometimes the most unexpected places you pass along the road of life are […]

Two Together

by Melissa McSpadden It was March 2008 when we found out we were pregnant with our second child. We were so excited to give our two year old daughter Camryn a sibling. About 2 weeks later I went into my obstetrician’s office for a checkup because I had had a little bit of spotting earlier […]