Pregnancy is a gift and babies are nothing short of miraculous. Sometimes, however, things don’t go as planned. If you are a parent whose life has been changed by a NICU stay we invite you to join the Hand to Hold community.
We are parents of preemies, parents of children with special health care needs, and parents who have suffered the loss of a baby. We’ve counted A’s and B’s. We’ve celebrated successful feedings. And we’ve suffered setbacks along the way. But we have survived – and even thrived – in our new role as NICU veterens.
Everyone’s journey is unique, but the road is similar. And the impact is undeniable. Especially the emotional toll on you and your family. Hand to Hold provides support when you need it the most and opportunities for you to help others when you are ready.
Do You Need Support?
Would you like to talk to another parent who has been where you are now? You can request a Helping Hand through our peer-to-peer support program. If you are interested you will be matched with a trained Helping Hand volunteer. You can connect with your mentor online, by text, or by phone. (Peer support is also available for parents who have suffered a loss.) Whether you just have a few questions or want to talk to someone who “gets it” – we want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Call our toll-free hotline or contact us via email for assistance. CALL 1-855-H2H-NICU, 1-855-424-6428. Or email support [at] handtohold [dot] org
Hand to Hold prepares a monthly e-newsletter with helpful articles, information on upcoming events, and opportunities to connect with other parents. Our print newsletter Hand Prints is delivered to parents in NICUs and medical clinics to give them the information they need and invite them to become a part of our larger NICU community. In addition, as you explore HandtoHold.org, you’ll find links to:
- Preemie Babies 101 – Hand to Hold’s blog written by parents for parents
- Life After NICU – Hand to Hold’s online peer support forum where parents share their joy, questions, and experience.
- Meet the Provider – Your guide to the people and services who can help your family
- Helpful Articles – Everything you want to know about navigating the NICU and the world beyond.
- Our Online Resource Directory – A guide to finding the information, services, and products you need
- Educational Videos – The latest on nutrition, development, and caring for your emotional health
- Sibling Support – Resources and programs for the brothers and sisters of NICU babies
- Social Media Outlets – Like facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter
- And more.
Do You Want to Help?
Your experience is valuable. Sharing what you’ve learned can make a lasting difference to a fellow NICU family. Being a mentor to others can also help you feel connected and empowered! Join our volunteer list to request a volunteer role.
With the touch of a button you can help spread the news that NICU families are no longer alone. With your help, we can instill hope and provide vital resources to empower families to achieve health and stability. Please consider sharing information about Hand to Hold with your friends, family and health care providers. You can connect with us here or on social media sites. Please join the conversation – and join our community of parents and professionals. Do you want to bring services and support to a particular NICU? Find out how to sponsor a NICU Resource Library.
Donations of any size will be thoughtfully applied to further the mission of Hand to Hold. Contributions may be made simply in the spirit of giving, in honor of a loved one or in appreciation for a caregiver. Read more about how Hand to Hold empowers parents. For a limited time lifetime recognition is available by joining the Founder’s Circle.