The Community Partner Network is made up of organizations, foundations, corporations, medical professionals and hospitals that value family centered care and collaborate with Hand to Hold to ensure all parents receive support and education during and after a NICU stay. If you’re interested in joining our Community Partner Network, contact Kelli Kelley.
Through an alliance with CareFlash, Hand to Hold provides fully-featured, easy-to-create communities, that go miles beyond online guestbooks. At no charge, parents may set up their own secure community with a blog for sharing updates and well wishes, a photo gallery to share photos, thousands of 3-D animations of medical information to get everyone up to speed and a fully-functional iHelp Calendar to request and organize assistance from friends and family.
Mead Johnson Nutrition
For more than a century, Mead Johnson has led the way in developing safe, high-quality, innovative products to help meet the nutritional needs of infants and children. With more than 70 products in over 50 countries, Mead Johnson products are trusted by millions of parents and healthcare professionals around the world. Mead Johnson Nutrition, is the maker of Enfamil® infant formula, the number 1 brand recommended by pediatricians. In addition, Mead Johnson has developed infant and child formulas, human milk fortifiers, vitamins and supplements to support the growth and development of the most fragile of newborns and low-birth weight infants. They are committed to advancing the science of pediatric nutrition around the world and doing business with integrity by fostering strong, health communities. Their support of Hand to Hold and its mission to help NICU parents during and after a child’s NICU stay was a natural fit with Mead Johnson’s corporate citizenship initiatives.
A division of AstraZeneca, Medimmune is a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing new therapeutic and preventive medicines that hold tremendous potential for patients around the globe in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, respiratory disease and inflammation, cardiovascular/gastrointestinal disease, and neuroscience. They are the maker of Synagis® (palivizumab) which is the first monoclonal antibody approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help prevent an infectious disease. It is often used as a shot to prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in vulnerable babies and children. Their partnership with Hand to Hold is part of their commitment to making a difference in medicine, science and lives of families.
Founded in 1986 by a physician and two biomedical engineers, Neotech is a leader in the development of innovative neonatal, pediatric and respiratory products that have helped patients worldwide. Neotech’s specialty is in creating skin friendly products that are ideal for newborns. In addition to serving the hospital market, they also cater to those in a home health setting. Much of the equipment they offer is used in the care of babies in a NICU setting, including nasal cannulas, suction devices, pulse-oximeter wraps, and much more. All of their equipment is made in the USA and they pride themselves on their quality control. Neotech is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of premature babies, their caregivers, and their parents, which makes them a natural fit to partner with Hand to Hold.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 60 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, the organization has been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. In addition, they are the only healthcare system in Central Texas to be named among the nation’s top 15 healthcare systems by Thomson Reuters. They have also developed Centers of Excellence, such as the St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, to advance care for maternal and child care. St. David’s has been involved with Hand to Hold since its inception, providing valuable feedback and safe places to pilot parent support programs at its facilities to best find the range of services that work for families. The encouragement from medical professionals and leaders at all levels have been invaluable to Hand to Hold’s development and expansion.
Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond
Mamas on Bed Rest & Beyond provides support, information, resources and services to high risk pregnant mamas and new mamas. Located in Austin, Texas, they also refer mothers who have premature babies to Hand to Hold for support.
Twin Multiples Club
TWMC’s mission is to build the greatest, free International resource for families with Twins & Multiples. They help families get connected with the best Twin Multiples Businesses/E-commerce, Organizations/Support Groups/Clubs, Pregnancy Support, Preemie Support and Bloggers in the world.
Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin is non-profit organization whose mission is to accept, pasteurize and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants. Hand to Hold educates parents about the benefits of human milk and volunteering opportunities for mothers who have milk to share.
National Perinatal Association
Hand to Hold is a member of the National Perinatal Association whose mission it is to promote the
health and well being of mothers and infants enriching families, communities and our world. Hand to Hold also is an active participant of NPA’s Family Advocacy Network which promotes the health and well being of parents and infants by giving a voice to families and their support group representatives in the multidisciplinary arena of maternal child health.
Founded in 2009, the National Premature Infant Health Coalition is a collaborative of professional, clinical, community health, and family support organizations focused on improving the lives of premature infants and their families. The mission of the National Premature Infant Health Coalition is to promote lifelong clinical, health, education, and supportive services needed by premature infants and their families. They are a program of National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation
The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) introduces remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. These images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring their child’s legacy. NILMDTS administers a network of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and 25 countries who provide remembrance photography at no cost. Hand to Hold is proud to partner with NILMDTS to share this important service with families who have lost a precious baby.
Pediatrix Medical Group
Pediatrix Medical Group is the nation’s leading provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty physician services. The company is also one of the nation’s largest providers of newborn hearing screens. Pediatrix Medical Group, an operating unit of MEDNAX, was founded in 1979. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 1,300 neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric subspecialists and 575 advanced practitioners in 33 states and Puerto Rico.
Pediatrix’s innovative clinical model is reshaping the delivery of critical care through investments in the clinical, information and management systems necessary to advance evidence-based medicine. Pediatrix’s clinical information system strategy provides the framework for research, education and continuous quality improvement initiatives which allow its clinicians to enhance outcomes nationwide. A Hand to Hold is partnering with Pediatrix by officing in their new Austin, Texas facility as of fall 2011, Austins’ First Steps, to provide in-person peer support to families bringing children for developmental assessments after staying in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Preemie Parent Alliance
Hand to Hold is a part of the leadership team and is a founding member of the Preemie Parent Alliance.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas
Texans Care for Children
Hand to Hold is a member of Texans Care for Children, the leader in policy advances for Texas children.