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 […]

You Are Not Alone: Fostering Prematurity Awareness Around the Globe

In meeting many NICU parents, I’ve gathered that not one of us would wish the NICU experience on anyone after having gone through it. It is terrifying and so destabilizing on multiple levels that one wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy. Can you imagine, though, what it would be like if your baby had […]

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 […]

Preemie Moments

I call them my “Preemie Moments.”  Those instances that appear to be just mere coincidence; the moments in time and space where we just “happen” to be there, but the chills running up and down our arms tell us otherwise. Do they happen just to me, or do you know what I’m talking about? Some […]

A Defining Moment for Our Micropreemie

The night my son, Jackson, came barreling into the world four months too soon, my husband and I shakily stood at his bedside in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and listened to the neonatologist compassionately but matter-of-factly explain the many challenges Jackson would face during the first hours, weeks and months of his NICU […]