Hand to Hold Events

Upcoming

Ask the NICU Nurse – July 30, 2014

Trish Ringley150pxJoin us for our next Facebook Chat on on the Hand to Hold FB wall Wednesday, July 30th at 8:30 pm CT. Our guest will be Trish Ringley, NICU nurse, blogger, preemie-advocate, and more! This will be a unique chat, where attendees will be able to “ASK A NICU NURSE” and the floor is yours! What questions do you have? What do you wish you knew about NICU nurses? What does X mean? Trish will answer your questions! Please send questions ahead of time if possible to ensure that Trish can answer as many as possible. You can send your questions via message to the Hand to Hold Facebook page or by email to angie [at] handtohold [dot] org.

Preemie Power Photo & Essay Contest – September 29, 2014

Interested in celebrating your amazing child? Snap your favorite picture and get ready for Hand to Hold’s 5th Annual Preemie Power Photo and Essay Contest that will be open for nominations September 29, 2014.

Hand to Hold Baby ShowerWe Are Expecting a Bright Future for NICU Babies Luncheon – November 14, 2014

Join Hand to Hold for a baby shower-themed luncheon to benefit Hand to Hold and the education and support programs provided to families in Central Texas and across the country.  The event will be held Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Austin Country Club and will feature great food, unique games, amazing prizes and keynote speaker Kristin Armstrong!

Team Hand to Hold at the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon – February 15, 2015

Run or walk for the cause and help Hand to Hold make meaningful change for NICU babies and their families! Registration will open early summer 2014.

Past Events

Cookies & Milk in the NICU – June 30, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center will hold a meet-and-greet session for families who have a baby or babies in the NICU. Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

Overcoming Feeding Obstacles With Your NICU Baby – June 25, 2014

Julie WahrenbergerJoin us for our next chat on the Hand to Hold FB wall where we’ll be talking with Julie Wahrenberger, M.S., CCC-SLP from Spring Branch Speech Therapy on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:30pm CT. On this month’s chat, we’ll be discussing feeding obstacles that preemies and NICU babies sometimes face and Julie will give tips and suggestions on how to help your baby overcome those obstacles.

Sibling Sundaes – July 13, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center will hold a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream.  Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

NICU Heroes Award – April 12 – June 13, 2014

NICU Heroes AwardsNICU families often struggle with the words to appropriately thank neonatal professionals for the difference they made in the lives of their children. That’s why Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition created the 2nd Annual NICU Heroes Awards. Parents and caregivers nominated outstanding nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers and lactation consultants who deserve national recognition for their efforts and care. 

Father’s Day in the NICU – June 13, 2014

Hand to hold partnered with Methodist Medical Center (Dallas) to hold a Father’s Day celebration for dads who have a baby in the NICU. Contact Tanya Clay for more information.

Father’s Day in the NICU – June 12, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s  Medical Center held a Father’s Day celebration for families who have a baby or babies in the NICU. The free event was held from 6-8pm. Many thanks to the following partners for their support: Maxim Healthcare, Gatti’s Pizza, Joceyln Brandt – Mary Kay, URS Medical, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Encompass Pediatric Home Health, St. David’s Medical Center. Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

Hand to hold partnered with Methodist City Dallas Children’s (Dallas) to hold a Father’s Day celebration for fathers with babies in the NICU. Contact Tanya Clay for more information.

Father’s Day in the NICU – June 10, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s  North Austin Medical Center held a Father’s Day celebration for families who have a baby or babies in the NICU. The free event was held from 6-8pm. Many thanks to the following partners for their support: Maxim Healthcare, Gatti’s Pizza, Joceyln Brandt – Mary Kay, URS Medical, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Encompass Pediatric Home Health, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

Sibling Sundaes – June 8, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, made a craft, and enjoyed ice-cream.  Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

Donna Smith & Kelli KelleyKendra Scott Gives Back – May 22, 2014

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party benefiting Hand to Hold was held Thursday, May 22 from 5-8 p.m at Kendra Scott Austin – SOCO (1400 South Congress Avenue | Suite A-170).  Hand to Hold honored Hand to Hold Sustaining Circle of Love members and attendees enjoyed sweet treats and champagne as they tried on Kendra’s unique, bold designs!  Twenty percent of sales this evening directly supported Hand to Hold’s award-winning Helping Hand peer mentor program and innovative online education series. Download an invitation.

Facebook Chat – Healthy Sleep Habits – May 21, 2014

Lori StrongFamilies joined us for a Facebook Chat on the Hand to Hold FB wall where we spoke with Lori Strong from Strong Little Sleepers on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Lori will help us navigate the world of sleep and learn why establishing healthy sleep habits is so important. Whether you’re trying to sleep train, in the middle of a transition, or in need of sleep yourself, this chat is sure to provide you with the tools to get on the right track. See the archived chat.

Sibling Sundaes – May 18, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream.  Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

Mother’s Day in the NICU – May 6, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a special brunch for others who currently have a baby or babies in the NICU. The free event was held from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Mother’s Day in the NICU – May 5, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center held a special brunch for mothers who currently have a baby or babies in the NICU. The free event was held from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

 

NICU Grand Prize GiveawayFor the Love of Babies NICU Grand Prize Giveaway – February 17 – April 11, 2014

Tracy Regusci, mom of 25-week twins, was named the winner of the NICU Grand Prize Giveaway. She has chosen for her local NICU Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California to receive the prize package worth $5K which includes breast pumps, two kangaroo care reclining chairs, medical supplies, books, and more. Participating families shared their story for the love of babies to help us raise funds and awareness to fund the expansion of our program to more hospitals and NICU families across the country. Read more about the Regusci’s story and the contest.

What to Expect If Your Baby Needs Therapy After the NICU – April 22, 2014

SwingingFamilies joined us for a Facebook Chat on the Hand to Hold Facebook Wall on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 8:30 pm CT with Stacy Ramirez, the Child Find and Outreach Specialist for Any Baby Can’s Early Childhood Intervention Program, also known as ECI in Texas. While each state has various programs and many go by different names, Stacy was able to share basic information so that even attendees outside of Texas will benefit from the topic. Stacy touched on what an early childhood intervention program does and how it relates to preemies and those who have had NICU stays. She focussed on how a child qualifies for the program, what the program consists of, options aside from the ECI program, how a parent can be an advocate for their child and work with their ECI therapists, what comes after ECI, and more. See the archive.

Sibling Sundaes – April 14, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, made a craft, and enjoyed ice-cream.  Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

Community-Wide Memorial Service – March 23, 2014

St. David’s HealthCare hospitals will be holding a community wide memorial service for Central Texas families to remember and honor precious babies gone too soon. The event will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Chapel at 14501 North I-35 Pflugerville, TX 78660. Download an invitation.

Use Your Words: Keeping a Record of Your NICU Journey (and beyond) Through Journaling & More – March 19 or March 21, 2014

Use Your Words Facebook Chat 3/19 and 3/21

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 preemie’s life.

This month, we are piloting a special evening chat time! You can choose to attend the chat on the Hand to Hold Facebook Wall on either Wednesday, March 19th, at 8:30 p.m. CT OR Friday, March 21st, during our regular time of 11:30 a.m. CT. While Kate will be joining us for both chats and will cover the same topics, we hope that opening the door to a nighttime audience will help more parents be able to attend!

Kate will share her advice from using her personal writing experience as a healing tool, as well as share some of the tips she covers in her book, Use Your Words. Whether you’re just starting your NICU journey, newly home, or beyond the stresses, writing can be a powerful way to cope with what life throws at us, and Kate will show you how to use your words for journaling, book-writing, keeping family updated, and more.

Sibling Sundaes – March 9, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center will hold a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream.  Contact Jennifer Beatty for more information.

FB Chat: Impact of the NICU on Relationships – Learning Healthy Communication Tools – February 21, 2014

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Families joined us Friday, February 21, 2014 from 11:30am-12:30pm CT on Hand to Hold’s Facebook Wall for a Facebook chat with psychologist Patricia Stuart, PhD. During the chat, Dr. Stuart discussed the impacts of a NICU stay or loss on relationships and how to foster healthy communication between partners. Traumatic events or prolonged periods of stress can wreak havoc on a marriage, and sometimes it can even lead to divorce. Navigating the NICU is difficult and men and women grieve differently, so it is essential to a relationship that you have the tools necessary to effectively communicate your feelings and stresses to your loved ones. Even after the NICU, life can be stressful as you adapt to the changes in your family, but there is hope. Dr. Stuart’s professional insight will help you feel more confident in yourself and open the lines of communication with your loved ones.

Megan-and-Contessa-croppedTeam Hand to Hold – February 16, 2014

What an amazing time we had at the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon this year! Hand to Hold would like to extend our thanks to the 10 people who ran on Team Hand to Hold and who collectively raised almost $8,500 to support Hand to Hold’s work. We are grateful also to the 30 brave volunteers who staffed our water stop along the marathon route earlier this month. Thank you for helping us raise awareness to support our mission on behalf of NICU and bereaved families.

For the Love of Babies Awards Breakfast – February 13, 2014

For the Love of Babies Award WinnersHand to Hold hosted the For the Love of Babies Awards Breakfast on Thursday, February 13 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. This Awards Breakfast recognized the compassion and outstanding medical care from four Central Texas health providers was a success! Dr. Christopher Seeker (Austin Area OB/GYN); Nancy Sheppard, LCSW (Seton Network), Dr. Kelly Thorstad (Lonestar Pediatrics), and Dr. Sonny Rivera (St. David’s Medical Center) were recognized for their contributions to the care of NICU families. Watch the six videos from the event and see more photos.

Sibling Sundaes – February 9, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, made a craft, and enjoyed ice-cream.

FB Chat: Not Just Another Resolution – Making Self-Care Stick – January 27, 2014

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Families joined us Monday, January 27, 2014 from 11:30-12:30am CT on Hand to Hold’s Facebook Wall as we chatted with Sarina LaMarche, Senior Career and Life Coach with Renee Trudeau & Associates. Our topic was how to set realistic goals for self-care this year and how to make them stick, even if you sometimes fall off the wagon. Our intentions are good, but life gets in the away — especially given the new complexities a NICU stay may have brought to your life. See the archive of the chat.

Sibling Sundaes – January 12, 2014

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center will hold a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream. Read more.

Cookies and Milk in the NICU – December 29, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas hosted a cookies and milk event for families with a baby in the NICU.

Sibling Sundaes – December 18, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center will hold a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 7-8pm in Classroom 2 East. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream. Read more.

Craft Night in the NICU – December 18, 2013

Hand to Hold and Any Baby Can both in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center will be holding a craft night in the NICU on December 18, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Jennifer Beatty.

Sibling Snowball Party – December 15, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with Methodist Medical Center Dallas will hold a Sibling Snowball Party for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 3-5pm. To RSVP, contact Tanya Clay.

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FB Chat: Coping Under Quarantine – December 11, 2013

Feeling Bah HumBug about the holidays this year? Families joined us Wednesday, December 11th at 11:30 am CST Hand to Hold’s Facebook wall from 11:30am to 12:30pm CT as we discussed ways to celebrate the holidays and enjoy meaningful family time even when you hear the dreaded word “quarantine.” Emma Trenti Paroli, NICU mom of a 29-weeker and co-author of Preemies: the Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies and IOS app MyPreemie shared advice about how to cope with an extended stay at home to reduce your child’s chances of infection and rehospitalization. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – December 8, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream. Read more.

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FB Chat – The Many Shades of the Baby Blues – November 21, 2013

Social worker and neonatologist Dr. Sue Hall explores the truths behind the emotions many of us face before and after delivery. Dr. Hall helped NICU moms and dads understand the symptoms, both well known and lesser known, as well as the treatment options, when to seek help and why this is noone’s fault.  Read more.

Preemie PowerPreemie Power Photo/Essay Contest, September 30-November 18, 2013

Join us for the fourth year of the National Preemie Power Photo/Essay Contest, a friendly contest that gives family’s the opportunity to share their child’s photo and story of hope. Watch the Preemie Power blog for past entrants. Voting begins October 18th, and winners will be announced in November.

Sibling Sundaes – November 10, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, made a craft, and enjoyed ice-cream. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – October 30, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 7-8pm in Classroom 2 East. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream. Read more.

FB Chat – Keep Your Child Well During RSV, Cold & Flu Season – October 23, 2013

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Parents joined an online chat on Hand to Hold’s Facebook wall October 23, 2013 from 11:30am – 12:30pm with guests Neonatologist Dr. Mitchell Goldstein and RSV parent advocate Kristen Padavic. They answered questions about RSV, colds and flu and provided their best advice to help families make informed decisions to keep their NICU grad and family healthy during RSV, cold, and flu season.   Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – October 13, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, made a craft, and enjoyed ice-cream. Read more.

Dr Cleary Receiving the NICU Heroes AwardNICU Heroes Awards Luncheon – September 26, 2013

Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition were on hand to award the first annual NICU Heroes Award to Dr. Gerard Cleary of Abington Hospital. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – September 25, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center will hold a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event will be held from 7-8pm in Classroom 2 East. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – September 9, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 2-3:30pm. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, made a craft, and enjoyed ice-cream. Read more.

FB Chat: Turning Your Everyday – Into Speech & Language Play – August 28, 2013

Dina O'BrienHand to Hold  held a Facdebook Chat on its Facebook Wall on August 28 from 12:00p-1:00p CT featuring Pediatric Psychologist and NICU mom Dina O’Brien, PhD. She shared her best advice and answered questions about reducing anxiety (for your child and you!) when starting preschool, entering kindergarten, or going back to school. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – July 31, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. The free event was held from 7-8pm in Classroom 2 East. Siblings will learn about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream.

FB Chat: Turning Your Everyday – Into Speech & Language Play – July 30, 2013

Lisa Rukovena, MA, CCC-SLPHand to Hold held a Facebook Chat on its Facebook Wall on July 30, from 11:30-12:30 CT featuring Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist Lisa Rukovena, MA, CCC-SLP of  RiverKids Pediatric Home Health. She answered questions and shared tips to help families make the most of play to help advance their child’s speech, language and oral skills. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – July 14, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center on July 14 held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream. Read more.

Sibling Sundaes – June 19, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center on June 19 from 7-8pm in Classroom 2-C held a Sibling Sundaes event for siblings who have a brother or sister in the NICU. Siblings learned about the special care their sibling is receiving in the NICU, how to keep their sibling healthy from germs, make a craft, and enjoy ice-cream.

Pizza & Pops in the NICU

Father’s Day in the NICU “Pizza & Pops” – June 13, 2013

Join Hand to Hold for a special celebration just for NICU dads with babies in the neonatal ICU on Thursday, June 13, 2012 from 5-7pm at St. David’s Medical Center.  A pizza dinner will be served with cake and a special gift! Learn more.

Father’s Day in the NICU “Pizza & Pops” – June 11, 2013

Join Hand to Hold for a special celebration just for NICU dads with babies in the neonatal ICU on Tuesday, June 11, 2012 from 5-7pm at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.  A pizza dinner will be served with cake and a special gift! Learn more.

Father’s Day in the NICU “Pizza & Pops” – June 10, 2013

Join Hand to Hold for a special celebration just for NICU dads with babies in the neonatal ICU on Monday, June 10, 2012 from 6-7:30pm at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.  A pizza dinner will be served with cake and a special gift! Learn more.

Sibling Sundaes – June 9, 2013

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s Medical Center held the first-ever NICU sibling event. Fourteen children attended the event which offered ice-cream, activities, and education for siblings with a brother or sister in the NICU. Of those who attended, eight were age 5 or older and were able to visit their sibling in the NICU after a check of their immunization records and a temperature check. It was so neat to see the excitement on the faces of the siblings as they left to go visit and also when they came back. They talked about what they saw and did back in the NICU while eating ice-cream.

NICU Heroes Awards – Nominate through May 27, 2013

Nominate your favorite neonatal health care professional for a NICU Heroes Award. Find out more. NICU Heroes Award

For the Love of Babies Celebration & Reception – May 16, 2013

Hand to Hold hosted a For the Love of Babies Celebration May 16th at 7 pm at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas. http://youtu.be/o4M3Vkpka30

Methodist Medical Center Dallas and Hand to Hold - Mother's Day Tea in the NICU 2013Mother’s Day in the NICU – May 12, 2013

Hand to Hold held a special Mother’s Day Tea in the NICU at Methodist Medical Center Dallas from 1pm-3pm complete with cake, punch and precious pictures. Contact Tanya Clay if you would like to volunteer to help at future events.

St. David's North Austin Medical Center and Hand to Hold at a Mother's Day Tea in the NICUMother’s Day in the NICU – May 10, 2013

Hand to Hold will hold a special Mother’s Day event in the NICU at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center from 1pm – 3pm complete with cake, punch and precious pictures.

St. David's Medical Center Mother's Day Tea in the NICU with Hand to HoldMother’s Day in the NICU – May 9, 2013

Hand to Hold will hold a special Mother’s Day event in the NICU at St. David’s Medical Center from 1pm – 3pm complete with cake, punch and precious pictures.

St. David's Round Rock NICU & Hand to Hold - Mother's Day Tea 2013Mother’s Day in the NICU – May 8, 2013

Hand to Hold will hold a special Mother’s Day event in the NICU at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center from 1pm – 3pm complete with cake, punch and precious pictures.

For the Love of Babies Campaign – January 21-April 30, 2013

NICU families from across the U.S. helped us raise awareness and funds For the Love of Babies to expand the education and resources for NICU families nationwide. Families told their story for the chance to gift the NICU Library to the NICU and hospital of their choice. For the Love of Babies

Kendra Scott Party – April 30, 2013

Join Hand to Hold and Kendra Scott Jewelry for a fun evening of shopping on April 30, 2013 from 5-8pm in Austin, Texas. Enjoy champagne and cupcakes, and 20% of proceeds from the evening’s purchases will benefit Hand to Hold. Kendra Gives Back Party 4-30-13 Meredith Bagan and Friends at Kendra Scott

Hensel SiblingsFB Chat: Caring for Older Siblings During & After a NICU Stay, April 30, 2013

Jump online and visit Hand to Hold’s Facebook wall on Tuesday, April 30th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. CT to join a conversation about caring for older siblings during and after a baby’s NICU stay. Child Life Specialist Julie May from Dell Children’s Medical Center will be on hand to share tips and answer your most pressing questions. Learn more.

ATX Man Golf ClassicATX Man Golf Classic – April 29, 2013

Austin Texas Man Magazine is sponsoring a charity golf classic April 29, 2013 at River Place Country Club  to benefit 18 charities including Hand to Hold. Find out more and sign up today.

Milk & Cookies in the NICU – April 21, 2013

Hand to Hold held a meet and greet in the NICU along with milk and cookies at North Austin Medical Center from 6-7pm. Would you like to be involved in future events?

Kelli with Survivor ContestantsSurvivor Caramoan Viewing Party & Benefit – April 17, 2013

Survivor fans packed the house at Hand to Hold’s Survivor Caramoan Viewing Party! Babies born preterm or with a special health care needs must overcome tremendous obstacles to live healthy lives. Attendees celebrated the resiliency of these miracle babies as they cheered on and met Austin’s favorite Survivor contestant from Season 26 (Survivor Caramoan), Reynold Toepfer and his teammates Malcolm Freberg & Eddie Fox at a special Survivor Viewing Party which benefitted Hand to Hold. The happy hour was held April 17, 2013 from 6-8pm at Blackfinn Ameripub (11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin). Enjoy cocktails and free appetizers during the first hour. For those making donations of $20 or more received a survival bracelet in honor of a miracle baby. This event is sponsored by Liv by Design, Black Finn Pub, Mazda, Austin Women Magazine & Austin Man Magazine.

Seton NICU Reunion 2013Seton NICU Reunion – April 13, 2013

We had a fantastic time celebrating, playing, and visiting families at the 38th Annual Seton NICU reunion in Austin, Texas! Thanks, Seton Healthcare Family, for letting us join you on this amazing day!

Communitywide Bereavement Service – March 24, 2013

St. David’s HealthCare, Cook-Walden and Hand to Hold jointly sponsored a communitywide bereavement service at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks on March 24 from 2-3:30pm for families who would like to remember and honor their baby’s life. For more information, contact Erika Goyer.

Milk & Cookies in the NICU – March 17, 2013

Hand to Hold held a meet and greet in the NICU along with milk and cookies at North Austin Medical Center from 3-5pm. Would you like to be involved in future events? AW Media Launch Party 2013

AustinWoman Magazine & ATX Man Magazine March Launch Party – March 5, 2013

Hand to Hold is grateful to AustinWoman Magazine and Austin Texas Man Magazine for making us the beneficiary of their March Launch Party that was held at Roger Beasley Mazda. See more photos on our Facebook page.

Amplify Austin – March 4-5, 2013

Amplify AustinJoin Hand to Hold and I Live Here, I Give Here for the first annual Amplify Austin, a community-wide day of online philanthropy with the goal of raising $1 million in 24 hours in Austin, Texas. Beginning at 7pm on March 4th, 2013, Central Texans will be encouraged to hop on www.AmplifyATX.org to select from a list of over 300 local nonprofits including Hand to Hold, and show the rest of the world just how charitable this city can be.

Craft Night in the NICU – Sunday, February 24, 2013

Families and siblings attended NICU Craft Night at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. The event was held February 24, 2013 from 3-5 pm. Families made Valentine’s keepsakes for their babies and met fellow families in the NICU. Preemie Posse

Team Preemie Posse – February 17, 2013

Hand to Hold’s Team Preemie Posse ran and volunteered at the 2013 LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon, Half Marathon on February 17, 2013. We are grateful to all our volunteers and runners! Join us next year!  Contact Angela Wright for more information.

Craft Night in the NICU – Sunday, February 10, 2013

Families and siblings are invited to NICU Craft Night at St. David’s Medical Center on February 10, 2013 from 3-5 pm. Families will  make Valentine’s keepsakes for our babies and meet fellow families in the NICU. Would you like to volunteer to help?

Meredith Bagan, Kelli Kelley, and Melinda GarveyFor the Love of Babies Snoball Kickoff Party – January 19, 2013

Meredith Bagan and Melinda Garvey hosted a “For the Love of Babies” Snoball kickoff party on Saturday, January 19. Attendees were invited to start a Snoball to help Hand to Hold raise money to provide more education and support for NICU families.

NICU Cookies and Milk Support Group – Sunday, January 17, 2013

Hand to Hold will lead an ongoing NICU Support Group on Sunday, January 17, 2013 at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center  from 3-5 pm. Cookies and milk will be served. Learn more.

NICU Cookies and Milk Support Group – Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, will lead an ongoing NICU Support Group on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center  from 3-5 pm. Cookies and milk will be served. Learn more.

Craft Night in the NICU – Sunday, December 9, 2012

Families and siblings are invited to NICU Craft Night at St. David’s Medical Center on December 9, 2012 from 3-5 pm. Families made holiday keepsakes and ornaments for our babies and met fellow families in the NICU.

Craft Night in the NICU – Sunday, December 1, 2012

Families and siblings came out in force for our first NICU Craft Night at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. The event was held December 1, 2012 from 3-5 pm. Families made holiday keepsakes and ornaments for our babies and met fellow families in the NICU. Mom holding Jada, Photo courtesy Alter Family

NICU Cookies and Milk Support Group – Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hand to Hold will lead an ongoing NICU Support Group on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center  from 6-7:30 pm. Cookies and milk will be served. Learn more.

NICU Cookies and Milk Support Group – Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator will lead an ongoing NICU Support Group at St. David’s Medical Center on November 18 from 6-7 pm. Cookies and milk will be served.  Learn more.

Preemie Power LogoPreemie Power Photo/Essay Contest, October 1-November 17, 2012

Families shared their stories of hope by participating in the third annual National Preemie Power Photo/Essay Contest, a friendly contest that invites families to reflect on their child’s strength and resilience. Watch the Preemie Power blog for past entrants and see this years finalists and winners.

Blue morpho by TexasEagle available through CC BY-NC 2.0Caring for Your Emotional Health Before, During and After a NICU Stay – October 29, 2012

Hand to Hold will hosted a Lunch & Learn session from  1 to 2:30 pm at the Ronald McDonald House of Austin & Central Texas. The free educational event featured Dawn K. Gibson, LCSW of Mindful Mothering who provided tips, information and strategies you can use to care for yourself during your pregnancy, NICU stay and long beyond. Participants learned about symptoms of PPD, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

St. David's Medical Center NICU Reunion 2012NICU Reunion, October 28, 2012

Hand to Hold brought out fun crafts, helpful information about support and volunteer opportunities, and smiles for families and children at St. David’s Medical Center’s Annual NICU Reunion on Sunday, October 28 from 2-3:30 pm.

Holding hands in the NICU, Courtesy Haller FamilyNICU Support Group – October 25, 2012

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, will lead an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center from St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (last Thursday of each month) from 6-7:30 pm. A pizza dinner will be provided at no charge. Learn more.

Daddy feeding in NICU by Marvin's Dad available thru CCNICU Support Group – October 21, 2012

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, will lead an ongoing NICU Support Group at St. David’s Medical Center (second Thursdays) on October 11 from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner will be provided at no charge. Learn more.

Holding hands in the NICU, Courtesy Haller Family

NICU Support Group – September 27, 2012

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, led an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (last Thursday of each month) from 6-7:30 pm. A pizza dinner was be provided at no charge. Learn more.

Sibling Sundaes – September 27, 2012

siblings enjoying blue bell ice cream Having your little brother or sister in the NICU can make life topsy turvy! Kids need support as much as their parents do! Parents and their older siblings attended Sibling Sundaes on Thursday, September, 2012 from 2-3pm in the NICU-Classroom 2 East at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at 12221 N. Mopac Expwy. Learn more.

NAMC NICU Reunion, September 22, 2012

Hand to Hold staff attended the Annual NICU reunion at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. We brought crafts for youngsters to enjoy and information for their parents and caregivers to learn about support and volunteer opportunities available.

Daddy feeding in NICU by Marvin's DadNICU Support Group – September 13, 2012

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, led an ongoing NICU Support Group at St. David’s Medical Center (second Thursdays) on September 13 from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner was provided at no charge. Learn more.

Preemie Power Family Celebration, August 24, 2012

Preemie Power Family Celebration at the Round Rock Express' Dell DiamondA BIG thank you to everyone who made the Preemie Power Family Celebration at the Dell Diamond such a wonderful success! What an amazing night! We loved seeing you all! See the photo galleries. Round Rock Express Vice President and General Manager, George King, served as Master of Preemies 2012.  Our kickoff celebration began with a ball park buffet dinner. But things really got exciting when  Ikey and Reagon threw out the first pitch! Families stayed to enjoy the game… and fireworks! We had so much fun we’ve decided to do this again next year. Spread the word! Read more about this fun event! Sponsorship opportunities are available for our 2013 event.  Please contact Angela Wright at angela [at] handtohold [dot] org for more information.

Making the Transition from ECI: Finding the Right Preschool Setting for Your Child – Friday, August 24, 2012

August’s session was held at Easter Seals Central Texas Early Childhood Intervention Center. We began with this question: Has your child been receiving Early Childhood Intervention Services? Are you wondering what will happen when they turn three? Or is your child older than three and you think they could benefit from preschool services for children with disabilities?And we found the answers to and  connected you with the resources you need!  Parents joined us at Easter Seals ECI to hear from the experts and learn what they needed to know to make this transition smoothly! Email Family Educator Marty Barnes Marty [at] handtohold [dot] org to find out about upcoming sessions. Download a flyer

Kristen feeding her preemieNICU Support Group – August 16, 2012

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, led an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner was provided at no charge. Learn more.

Preemie Mom’s Night Out, August 9, 2012

Preemie moms gathered at 7:30 p.m. at  Blue Star Cafeteria  for a little mom time. The get-together was organized by preemie mama Michelle Hensel.

Early Childhood Education Conference, July 24-25, 2012

On Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Hand to Hold parents attended the Early Childhood Education & Beat the Heat Conference 2012 at the Region 13 Educational Service Center in Austin. Topics included:

Wednesday morning’s session was a special keynote session with Dan Habib, the father and filmmaker behind Including Samuel.

Helping Hand Volunteer Training – June 30, 2012

Become a Helping Hand Volunteer and share what you’ve learned with families who are new to these experiences. Join Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, for a training on Saturday June 30th. RSVP to Erika Goyer.

Lunch and Learn – June 25, 2012

Hand to Hold hosted a Lunch and Learn at Dell Children’s Outpatient Rehab on June 25, 2012 where we talked with family and providers about fun stuff to do with kids in and around Austin (paying special attention to getting out and about with special needs).  We talked about places to go, things to do at home, and many of the local attractions that are either designed with special needs in mind, or are very inclusive to the special needs community.

NICU Support Group “Dads and Dogs” – June 14, 2012

Families joined Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigators, Erika Goyer and Laura Romero, for  special NICU Support Groups celebrating NICU Dads on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s North Austin.  A hot dog dinner was served complete with root beer, chips and a Father’s Day cake. All the NICU dads received a special gift.  Download a flier. Learn more.

Kristen feeding her preemieNICU Support Group – May 24, 2012

Join Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, for an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at St. David’s Medical Center from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner will be provided at no charge. Download a flier. Learn more.

Sibling Sundaes – May 19, 2012

siblings enjoying blue bell ice cream Having your little brother or sister in the NICU can make life topsy turvy! Kids need support as much as their parents do! Parents and their older siblings are invited to attend Sibling Sundaes on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 2-3pm in the NICU-Classroom 2 East at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at 12221 N. Mopac Expwy. Learn more.

Lunch & Learn – May 14, 2012

Healthy Preemie available from Jim B L via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The May Lunch & Learn program will be held May 14, 2012 from noon to 1pm and will feature the topic: Home Health for the NICU Graduate. Rhea Fryar of Encompass Pediatric Services will discuss and answer all of your questions related to hiring a home health agency. When preemies come home, some may need in-home medical care. Learn about common health needs preemies have and how home health providers can make the transition from NICU to home easier. Discover tips for insurance coverage, how to select the right provider for your family, and how to get home health for your Visit our Lunch & Learn page to learn more and RSVP.

Mother’s Day Brunch – May 9-14, 2012

Hand to Hold in partnership with St. David’s HealthCare held a Mother’s Day brunch for mothers in the NICU at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and St. David’s Medical Center. Professional photographers were on hand to photograph each mom with their baby, and moms enjoyed the fellowship and comfort of other moms undergoing similar experiences. In addition to a photo, each mom received a goodie bag, a copy of Preemie by Kasey Mathews and a gift from our local March of Dimes. Hand to Hold volunteered with the March of Dimes at their events for moms at three local Seton hospitals and brought gifts of books and peer support. Hand to Hold would like to thank Mead Johnson, Hummingbird Kitchen, Cook Walden, The March of Dimes and our fabulous volunteer photographers – Lourdes Shoaf, Amanda Wintenburg, Barbara Balliette – for their generous contributions to these events.

Hand to Hold's Preemie Power Photobooth at March for Babies Austin 2012March for Dimes’ March for Babies, May 5, 2012

Whether it’s supporting research to bring us breakthroughs like surfactant therapy, promoting awareness of prematurity’s impact, or educating mothers about the signs of preterm labor – all our families have benefited from March of Dimes’ leadership, research and advocacy. Parents, nurses and professionals joined Hand to Hold’s team,  “Preemie Power,” to show support for a healthy start for all babies.  Families cam out to show their support for this important cause and raise awareness of the amazing super hero qualities of all our children. The March for Babies in Austin was held on May 5, 2012, beginning at 9 am at Auditorium Shores. See pictures from the event.

Sibling Sundaes – April 28, 2012

siblings enjoying blue bell ice cream Having your little brother or sister in the NICU can make life topsy turvy! Kids need support as much as their parents do! Parents and their older siblings attended Sibling Sundaes on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 2-3pm in the NICU-Classroom 2 East at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at 12221 N. Mopac Expwy. Learn more. Hand to Hold Reception Invitation - April 26, 2012

Hand to Hold Reception, April 26, 2012

On Thursday evening, April 26, 2012, Hand to Hold hosted a reception at The Mansion at Judges’ Hill in downtown Austin to recognize and celebrate all of our donors, supporters and volunteers from the past year. Visit our Reception page to learn more.

MomTalk Facebook Chat, April 25, 2012

As a followup to this month’s Lunch & Learn topic, Hand to Hold and Mommies of Miracles hosted a MOMTalk Facebook Chat on April 25, 2012 at 10 am CST to discuss feeding issues. Parents gathered read the materials posted on Lunch & Learn. Read the transcript!

Seton Medical Center Austin’s NICU Reunion – April 21, 2012

Seton Medical Center Austin’s NICU Reunion was held April 21, 2012, from 1-4 pm at Bailey Square Park. Hand to Hold attended and invited families to stop by our table to enjoy some crafts and say hello!  Find out more details.

Lunch & Learn – April 16, 2012

Mother feeding hungry baby - ©iStockphoto.com/Domenico GelermoOur March/April Lunch & Learn program will feature Feeding Facts for the NICU Grad and More: Part II on April 16, 2012 from 12-1 pm at Austin’s First Steps High Risk Followup Clinic. The session features a panel of speakers who will discuss feeding issues, feeding clinics and tube feeding including: Dr. Rahel Berhane, a Gastroenterologist with ‘Specially for Children as well as Seton’s Comprehensive Care Clinic; Carmen Huston, a Feeding Therapist with Dell Children’s; and Lesley Ivey, LD, RD, a registered dietician from Austin’s First Steps. Visit our Lunch & Learn page to learn more and RSVP.

Casey in the NICUNICU Support Group – April 12, 2012

Join Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, for an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, April 12th at St. David’s Medical Center from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner will be provided at no charge.  Learn more. Parents of Preemies Day

Parents of Preemies Day, March 23, 2012

Find out more about how to celebrate Parents of Preemies Day, a joint effort among Graham’s Foundation, Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation, It’s a Preemie Thing, Parent Resource Network, PreemieWorld, and Hand to Hold.

NICU Support Group – March 8, 2012

Families joined Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, for an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, March 8th at St. David’s Medical Center from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner was provided at no charge.  Learn more.

Nurse teaching siblings about the NICUSibling Sundaes – March 3, 2012

Having your little brother or sister in the NICU can make life topsy turvy! Kids need support as much as their parents do! Parents and their older siblings attended Sibling Sundaes on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 2-3pm in the NICU-Classroom 2 East at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at 12221 N. Mopac Expwy. Learn more.

Lunch & Learn – February 24, 2012

mother breastfeeding her baby in nursery room - ©iStockphoto.com/Maxim TupikovHand to Hold will be hosted the February Lunch and Learn on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 12-1 pm at Austin’s First Steps High Risk Follow-Up Clinic. We featured information on “Feeding and Nutrition for the NICU Grad” and speakers shared what parents need to know about nutrition and feeding to help their preemie grow and thrive. Experts discussed the pros and cons of both breast milk and formula, how and why to fortify breast milk, and tips for mothers to help mothers’ increase their milk production. Learn more. February 2012 Lunch and Learn

26 Miles for 26 Charities – February 19, 2012

26 Miles for 26 CharitiesHand to Hold was selected as one of the participants in the 26 Miles for 26 Charities program in support of the 2012 LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon & Half Marathon. The program provides Central Texas non-profits with the opportunity to advance community awareness while raising money to support their mission. Runners joined Hand to Hold’s Preemie Posse to raise awareness and funding for the families we serve. We are grateful to volunteer groups from Bank of America, Cook-Walden, Cedar Park High School Pals, Turner Construction and more who helped us staff the 5K water stop along the course.

Nurse teaching siblings about the NICUSibling Sundaes – February 18, 2012

Having your little brother or sister in the NICU can make life topsy turvy! Kids need support as much as their parents do! Parents and their older siblings are invited to the next installment of Sibling Sundaes on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 2-3pm in the NICU-Classroom 2 East at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at 12221 N. Mopac Expwy. Learn more.

Preemie Mamas at Preemie Power 2011 Photo courtesy Beverly Demafiles PhotographyPreemie Mom’s Night Out – February 16, 2012

Leave the kids at home with dad or a babysitter. Join the preemie mamas for a night out on February 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm at North by Northwest. For more details, contact Michelle Hensel.

NICU Support Group – February 9, 2012

Join Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator, Erika Goyer, for an ongoing NICU Support Group on Thursday, February 9th at St. David’s Medical Center from 6-7 pm. A pizza dinner will be provided at no charge.  Learn more. Ladybug on a blade of grass, courtesy of Dave Knapik, creative commons license

Lunch & Learn – January 30, 2012

Preemie mamas attended the first Lunch & Learn session of the new year on January 30, 2012 from 12-1pm at the Ronald McDonald House of Austin (near Dell Children’s Medical Center). This month’s topic was “New Year – New You: The Importance of Self-Care. Local preemie mama experts – Rhonda McMahon, Jenn Larson and Kathryn Whitaker – will share what they’ve learned about self-care, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Find out more.

Nurse teaching siblings about the NICUSibling Sundaes – January 28, 2012

Having your little brother or sister in the NICU can make life a little rough! Kids need support as much as parents do! Parents and their children joined Hand to Hold for Sibling Sundaes on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 2-3pm in the NICU-Classroom 2 East at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at 12221 N. Mopac Expwy. Learn more.

Sports Night Out – December 27 and 30, 2011

Hand to Hold donors and friends recently enjoyed a Sports Night Out thanks to a generous gift from Onair Development. A group attended the Texas Stars hockey game on December 27, and another group attended an Austin Toros basketball game on December 30.

Cookies & Milk in the NICU – December, 2011

Preemie parents baked cookies and other sweet goodies to carry to NICUs in the Austin area during the holiday season to offer comfort to families with babies in the NICU. Santa Photo Session Fundraiser for Hand to Hold at Baby Bugaloo and Brooke West Photography

Photos with Santa with Brooke West Photography & Baby Bugaloo – December 12

Families attended Baby Bugaloo‘s annual visit from Santa on the morning of December 12, 2011 from 10 am to noon. Brooke West Photography was on hand to capture the magic of Christmas.  Your $50 mini-session with Santa included one digital file, one 4×6 photo and access to holiday-priced photos. Call Baby Bugaloo at 512-301-3800 to learn more. Fifty percent of the session fees plus 10% of all purchases were donated to Hand to Hold. Ho. Ho. Ho!!!

Lunch & Learn – December 9, 2011

Parents and providers joined Hand to Hold for its Lunch & Learn topic that was held Friday, December 9th from noon to 1:00. The topic was “Medicaid Buy-In for Children” This program helps pay medical bills for children with disabilities. It’s for families who need health insurance, but make too much money to get traditional Medicaid. Kaye Beneke, Outreach Specialist from HHSC and creator of “Which Waiver Does What?” told attendees how to access these benefits. Contact Marty [at] handtohold [dot] org for more information!

Bump Club and BeyondBump Club and Beyond Fitness Class Benefit – November 19, 2011

Austin’s Bump Club and Beyond debuted with its first event in October 2011 and will be hosting a number of upcoming events – some for families, some just for moms and others for moms and babies. Hand to Hold was excited to highlight a BCB-hosted Family Boot Camp Fitness Class, appropriate for all levels, which was held  Nov. 19 at 11 am at Shoal Creek led by Meagan Linstruth of Baby Bootcamp.  Registration was $15 and directly benefitted Hand to Hold.

Preemie Power Family Celebration – November 13, 2011

Preemie Power logoMark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Preemie Power Family Celebration and NICU Reunion to be held November 13, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. in the Fellowship and Education Building at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 3003 Northland Drive.  We will celebrate all the 2011 Preemie Power participants, announce the contest winners and pass out prize packages, and enjoy music, carnival games and visits from our favorite super heroes.  Read more about last year’s event, stay on top of this year’s happenings, and be inspired by the photos and stories submitted by all the super hero preemie families last year.

Preemie Power Photo/Essay  Contest – October 1-November 13, 2011

Preemie Power logoHand to Hold launched the Preemie Power photo and essay contest on Saturday, October 1, 2011. We are enjoying reading the creative narratives  about courageous babies that have defeated arch enemies such as respirators, infections and birth defects.  Winners will be selected from three age categories plus there will be a new award this year, The Thundering Thurston Award, for the child who receives the most votes.  Winners will be announced online and at the Preemie Power Family Celebration.

Attorney Ronald "Ron" GreeningLunch & Learn – November 10, 2011

Join us on November 10, 2011 at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar, Austin, Texas) from 12-1 p.m. for a discussion on Preparing for Your Child’s Financial Security: Special Needs Trusts. Ronald G. Greening of the The Greening Law Firm, PC will answer questions and tell what you can do to to establish a special needs trust to ensure a higher quality of life for your children. Read more

Preemie Power Fundraising  Contest – October 1-November 9, 2011

Preemie Power logoHand to Hold invited NICU families and the medical professionals who love them to create a Preemie Power Fundraising Team in support of the Preemie Parent Empowerment Project. Funds raised through Preemie Power will provide vital resources to families during and after a NICU stay including information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, peer-to peer-support matching, educational videos, support groups and ongoing education about the challenges many preemies face. If you, your family or workplace has been affected by premature birth or loss and you’d like to make a difference for other families, we invite you to participate in this meaningful campaign.

Lunch & Learn – October 25, 2011

Parents and professionals joined us on October 25, 2011 at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar, Austin, Texas) from 12-1 p.m. for a discussion on Medicaid Waivers. Ginny Grote from the Medically Dependent Children Program and Elizabeth Tucker from EveryChild answered questions and shared options that might be right for your child’s care. Read more

Preemie Moms Night Out – October 20, 2011

Preemie mamas met up Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at Zocalo for some mom time over tacos and adult beverages.

Sibling Sundaes – October 16, 2011

Sibling Sundaes, formerly known as Ice Cream & Isolettes, was held Sunday, October 16th at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Siblings learned about why babies are in the NICU, saw first-hand the medical equipment used to keep babies in the NICU healthy and safe, were taught how to keep germs away from babies, and created a special craft for their baby sister or brother.  Read more.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center NICU Support Group – Thursday, October 6, 2011

Parents, grandparents, friends, and staff made connections with one another over pizza & bingo in the NICU Conference Room on Tuesday October 6, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:00pm at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.  Or call the Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator at 512-550-3181 to find out more.

St. David’s Medical Center NICU Support Group – Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Parents, grandparents, friends, and staff made connections with one another over pizza & bingo in the NICU Conference Room on September 21th from 6:00 – 7:00pm at SDMC on 32nd Street in Austin.  View a flyer. Or call the Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator at 512-550-3181 to find out more.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center NICU Support Group – Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Parents, grandparents, friends, and staff made connections with one another over pizza & bingo in the NICU Conference Room on Tuesday September 20, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:00pm at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.  View a flyer. Or call the Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator at 512-550-3181 to find out more.

Hand to Hold delivers goodies and thanks to neonatal nurses for Neonatal Nurse Appreciation Day.

Dell Children’s NICU Director Gwen Gallagher accepts goodies from Preemie mom and Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator Erika Goyer for Neonatal Nurse Appreciation Day.

National Neonatal Nurse Appreciation Day – September 15, 2011

Volunteer parents from across Austin baked cookies and collected goodies for the nurses who cared for their children in the NICU. They also wrote heartfelt notes of gratitude sent via email and posted on Facebook. Two ladies shared: “Lots of love to NICU nurses!!! You saved my son’s life AND my sanity!!!” says Barbara Whiten Balliette and Colleen Heubaum wrote, “Colleen Templin Heubaum NICU nurses are angels on earth.”

Hand to Hold families send thanks and treats to neonatal nurses on neonatal nurse appreciation day.

NICU graduate Ella C. visits with Seton Medical Center nurses for Neonatal Nurse Appreciation Day.

 

Preemie Mom’s Night Out – September 15, 2011

Is the summer heat getting you down? Do you need to sit on a cool patio near the water with a cold drink? Join Hand to Hold and preemie mom Michelle Hensel for Preemie Mom’s Night Out on Thursday, September 15th at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters at 7:30 pm. Hope to see you all there! Get more details.

BOND Boutique and select members of the Charitable Business Alliance collect children's donations to help victims of the fall 2011 Central Texas fires.

BOND Boutique collects donations for children and families affected by Central Texas fires.

Charitable Business Alliance Collects Donations for Fire Victims – ends September 9, 2011

Rae Cosmetics, BOND Boutique, and Children’s Medical Group collected diapers, clothes, pillows, toiletries, food, and more to assist children and families who have been affected by the recent Central Texas Fires. Families brought donations for dropoff and which ended Friday, September 9, 2011. Items were delivered to the former Elgin Fire House for distribution in Bastrop and to the Austin Bar Association temporary site in Bastrop. Visit Hand to Hold’s Facebook fan page for the latest details.

Lunch & Learn: Evening Edition – September 7, 2011

Join Hand to Hold volunteer Marti Barnes for September’s Lunch & Learn. Find out everything you need to know about your child’s transition from ECI to PPCD services. We’re holding this month’s session in the evening to accommodate families who can’t come during their lunch hour. We hope to see you.  Click here to download a flyer. And click here for directions.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center NICU Support Group – Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Parents, grandparents, friends, and staff made connections with one another over pizza & bingo in the NICU Conference Room on Tuesday September 6, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:00pm at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. View a flyer. Or call the Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator at 512-550-3181 to find out more.

Preemie Mom’s Night Out – August 25th

Hand to Hold and preemie mom Michelle Hensel hosted Preemie Mom’s Night Out on Thursday, August 25th at the Oasis in Austin, TX at 7:30pm. Stay tuned for photos!

Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park – Saturday, August 20th

Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park check presentationThe whole community came out to celebrate the end of summer at the Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park 2011. And Hand to Hold was there. All the families and staff of Hand to Hold want to Hold extend their gratitude to the Steiner Ranch community for honoring Hand to Hold as this year’s charity. Your support and generosity mean so much to us. Special thanks to Laura and Richie Romero, HEB, Cups & Cones, New York Life, and the San Antonio Spurs for your continued support!

Sibling Sundaes – July 30, 2011

Hand to Hold’s first installment of Sibling Sundaes (formerly known as Ice Cream & Isolettes) was held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 3-4 p.m. a St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Siblings were invited to enjoy ice cream and learn about their babies in the NICU. The day’s  program  included talking about why their baby sister/brother is in the NICU, learning about the medical equipment, understanding how to keep germs away, and creating a special craft for their baby sister/brother. This program will be offered on a regular basis. Requests from hospitals are welcome. Siblings at Ice Cream and Isolettes now Sibling Sundaes  Educators with Isolette  siblings enjoying blue bell ice cream

St. David’s Medical Center Support Group – Thursday, July 28th

Parents, grandparents, friends, and staff made connections with one another over pizza & bingo in the NICU Conference Room on July 28th from6:00 – 7:00pm at SDMC on 32nd Street in Austin. View the flyer here. Or call the Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator at 512-550-3181 to find out more. Stephanie Key, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lunch & Learn Series – July 13, 2011

Parents and providers came out to the Lunch & Learn event on July 13, 2011 at Rolly Pollies (Shops at the Galleria, 12700 Shops Pkwy, Suite 450, Bee Cave, TX 78738)to discuss “MED 101: Your Guide to Medical Specialists.” Stephanie Key, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P. from Austin Diagnostic Clinic Pediatrics gave practical advice for finding health care specialists to care for your child. .

The NICU Survival Guide: What Every Parent Needs to Know – June 30, 2011

Hand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator Erika Goyer and St. David’s Medical Center Social Worker Amy Wright  held the second installment of The NICU Survival Guide: What Every Parent Needs to Know on June 30, 2011 from 6-7 p.m. in the NICU Conference Room at St. David’s Medical Center. This session discussed juggling family responsibilities between home and NICU.

The NICU Survival Guide: What Every Parent Needs to Know – June 16, 2011

Jada Alter with mom Ally Alter in the NICUHand to Hold’s Family Support Navigator Erika Goyer and St. David’s Medical Center Social Worker Amy Wright organized on June 16, 2011 from 6-7 p.m. in the NICU Conference Room at St. David’s Medical Center a new support group and presentation–The NICU Survival Guide: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Read more.

Lunch & Learn Series – June 8, 2011

Parents and providers came out June 8, 2011 from 12:00 p.m to 1 p.m. at The Live Oak Center for Communication Disorders (3724 Jefferson St., Suite 316; Austin, Texas) for the initial discussion on “Summer Activities with Kids.” We shared ideas for summer programs, camps, special events, discounts/deals and other local fun spots. Part of the presentation included local activities for special needs children.  Learn more. June 5, 2011 Music for Angels Among Us, a Benefit Concert for Hand to Hold

Music for Angels Among Us – A Piano & Tenor Musical Celebration Honoring Precious Lives – June 5, 2011

Families and classical music lovers enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of classical music in celebration of the precious little ones who have touched our lives, including  those who have overcome early birth and those who have left us too soon. The “Music for Angels Among Us” concert was held Sunday, June 5 from 4-6 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church and featured concert pianist James Pinkerton and Tenor Michael Hamilton covering classics from Schubert, Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven. Thanks go to James Pinkerton, Michael Hamilton, Amy Bills, Beverly Demafiles Photography, Covenant Presbyterian Church and all the families who shared images of their beautiful children. Read more. Kelli Kelly with James Pinkerton and Michael Hamilton

Quarterly Discussion Series – All About Siblings – May 15, 2011

This session discussed “What about healthy siblings?” Are you the parent of a child with special health or developmental needs? Are there additional children in the family that need support?  Panelists discussed the unique issues that healthy siblings in families of children with special or chronic health and developmental needs face and how we as parents can support the needs of all of our children.  Parents walked away with a better understanding of the struggles siblings in families of children with special health and developmental needs face and received practical suggestions on how to effectively support siblings. Dinner was graciously provided by Buster’s BBQ and dessert by Rise and Shine BakerySee the event flier. Read more details about the panelists and speakers by going to the main Hand to Hold Quarterly Discussion page. Hand to Hold's Sibling Discussion Series Panelist Speakers

Preemie Moms Coffee Hour – May 12, 2011

Moms of preemies met up at Thunderbird Coffee (1401 W Koenig Ln) to share stories, share advice and learn from each other. Whether currently in the NICU or years past, preemie moms were invited to Hand to Hold’s monthly, informal coffee talks. Together, we hope to create friendships and a support network of all the amazing preemie moms. Visit Parents Socials to learn more.

March for Babies – May 7, 2011

Hand to Hold welcomed families and walkers at the March of Dimes’ March for Babies event in Austin, Texas. Children enjoyed making sand art underneath Hand to Hold’s tent, and parents received more information about support available to them through Hand to Hold.Hand to Hold reaches out to families at Austin's March for Babies 2011

Mother’s Day Tea & Spa Day – May 3, 4, 5, 2011

Hand to Hold volunteers in collaboration with the March of Dimes held a Mother’s Day Tea and Spa Day for moms with babies in the NICU at University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Medical Center and Dell Children’s Medical Center earlier this month. Moms were treated to sweet treats, makeovers, manicures and gift bags.Thanks to Bath & Bodyworks, Westgate store for their generous donation of hand sanitizers and lotions. Hand to Hold volunteers also delivered special, personalized notes of encouragement and support to mothers with children in the NICU at Seton and St. David’s Hospitals in the Austin area. Thanks go to Hand to Hold’s volunteer chairperson Joan Kincaid and volunteers Katrina Moline, Kim Johnson and Kelly Peacock for making these events a success!

Painting with a Purpose @ Painting with a Twist Studio – May 1, 2011

Friends came out to Painting with a Twist Studio on Sunday, May 1st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a painting session benefitting Hand to Hold. Attendees enjoyed some adult beverages, friendly conversation, more than a few laughs, and an art lesson to create an Austin Motel painting. The $45 registration included everything needed to paint a canvas with the trendy Austin Motel image from Congress Avenue. Half of the proceeds were donated to Hand to Hold. Read more about the event and see pictures for the event. Hand to Hold benefit with Painting with a Twist

Seton NICU Reunion – April 16, 2011

Hand to Hold was invited to attend Seton’s NICU reunion, and organized a sand table and craft activities for the preemies and their families. Hundreds of NICU graduates gathered at Bailey Square Park where families met one another after having had a child or children in the NICU and learned of the support network Hand to Hold offers families after they have taken a child home from the hospital. Hand to Hold is grateful to Seton for their invitation to attend. Enjoy more pictures from the Seton NICU reunion. Kathryn Whitaker and son Luke making a craft at Hand to Hold's craft table.

Sibling Celebration – April 10, 2011

Hand to Hold announced the launch of its new Sibling Support Program at a special celebration for siblings on April 10, 2011. Parents celebrated brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs since many face unique challenges siblings face as a result of these experiences. Families enjoyed music, ice cream sundaes and a story on Sunday, April 10 from 2-4 p.m. at Cups & Cones located at 2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd in Austin, Texas. See the flier. And enjoy some more photos from the fun event.

Preemie Moms Coffee Hour – April 7, 2011

Moms of preemies met at It’s  a Grind coffee house (4005 West Parmer Lane) to share stories, share advice and learn from each other. Whether currently in the NICU or years past, all preemie moms are invited to Hand to Hold’s monthly, informal coffee talks. Together, we hope to create friendships and a support network of all you amazing preemie moms. Visit Parents Socials to learn more.

Hand to Hold Reception – March 29, 2011

Special thanks to volunteers and supporters who were recognized at the Hand to Hold reception at the Mansion at Judges’ Hill this month. Executive Chef, Rob Snow, and staff provided incredibly tasty appetizers and a breathtaking venue. Thanks to everyone who attended for making the evening memorable. Heartfelt testimonials were shared by Chef Rob Snow, Kristen Knight, Kathryn Whitaker, Matthew Dowd, and and generous contributions were enjoyed from Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Tracy Tenpenny Design, Brittany Dawson Photography, and musician, Sean McCarter.

BOND Boutique “More Than Luck Benefit” – March 17-March 31, 2011

Beginning on St. Patrick’s Day, BOND Boutique held a benefit for Hand to Hold. Ten percent of proceeds from marked items through the end of the month were donated to the bereavement program at Hand to Hold in memory of owner, Jenn’s, nephew and niece, Will and Carrie Guy, who were born prematurely.

Preemie Moms Coffee Hour – March 10, 2011

Moms of preemies met at Flightpath coffee house (5011 Duval) to share stories, share advice and learn from each other. Whether currently in the NICU or years past, all preemie moms are invited to Hand to Hold’s monthly, informal coffee talks. Together, we hope to create friendships and a support network of all you amazing preemie moms. Visit Parents Socials to learn more.

Hand to Hold Volunteers First at LiveStrong Austin Marathon Finish Line – February 20, 2011

Twelve Hand to Hold volunteers enjoyed supporting the Livestrong Austin Marathon / 26 Miles for 26 Charities Program by distributing water to thousands of elated, exhausted, emotional runners at the finish line on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Hand to Hold is holding a Feb 2011 discussion series for couples after the birth or loss of a child.Hand to Hold Quarterly Discussion Series – February 18, 2011

Couples came out to hear David Griffin, licensed professional counselor and board certified professional Christian counselor,who presented on “Maintaining Emotional Engagement: Re-focusing the Eyes of Your Hearts”, an engaging, interactive discussion that helped couples strengthen their relationships. The birth of a child, medical complications or a loss can strain relationships in ways we don’t expect.  It is possible to maintain caring relationships in times of stress and trauma. David taught helpful skill-sets to rebuild intimacy and make relationships a safe harbor. The evening’s discussion was open to and designed for believers of all faiths. Dinner provided courtesy of Dream Dinners (620 North location) and dessert courtesy of La Pâtisserie by Luxe Sweets.  Learn more and review the presentation notes.

Celebrity Baseball Benefit at the Mansion – February 16, 2011

A Celebrity Baseball Preview was hosted by 104.9 The Horn at the Mansion at Judges’ Hill on February 16th, benefiting Hand to Hold. Former baseball pros, including preemie dad Danny Peoples,  joined Reid Ryan and other esteemed peers to preview the University of Texas, Texas Rangers and Round Rock Express’ upcoming baseball seasons. The 2011 Texas Baseball Preview Luncheon included distinguished guests Mike Capps (voice of the RR Express), George King (GM of the RR Express), Justin Simmons (former UT All American, Kirk Dressendorfer, Former UT All American and MLB player), Tom Ball (former Longhorn), Danny Peoples (former Longhorn & MLB player), and Hand to Hold father of preemies, Henry Medrano. The luncheon was hosted by 104.9 The Horn and held at the Mansion at Judges’ Hill, featuring Head Chef Rob Snow. Special thanks to Beau Edge of 104.9 The Horn and Danny Peoples. Download a flier. Brooke West Photography Valentine's Day Mini-Sessions

Valentine’s Day Mini Photo Sessions – February 1 and 4, 2011

Baby Bugaloo and Brooke West Photography teamed up for Valentine’s Day Photo Mini Photo Sessions on February 1st and 4th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and which sold out! Cost was $50 per session with half the proceeds donated to Hand to Hold. Thanks to all the families who participated!

Cookies & Milk with NICU Families – December 16, 20, 21, 2010

Having a baby or babies in the NICU during the holidays is stressful and isolating. Volunteers spread some cheer and lent an ear to families who had a child in the NICU over the holidays including:

  • St. David’s Medical Center, Thursday, December 16, 6 p.m.
  • St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center – Monday, December 20, noon-1 p.m.
  • North Austin Medical Center – Tuesday, December 21, 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Erika Goyer at erika [at] handtohold [dot] org to contribute cookies and/or to join us in visiting families in the NICU. We also welcome inquiries from other Central Texas NICUs.

Photos with Santa & Ornament Painting at Baby Bugaloo – December 18, 2010

Santa and his elves were at Baby Bugaloo on Saturday, December 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Brooke West Photography wase there to capture the moment that little ones told Santa what was on the wish list for 2010. For a mini-session fee of $50, participating families received: one (1) 5×7 professional print, access to specially discounted prints and products, a Holiday Treat from Brooke West-Fick and a chance to win a $150 Gift Certificate from Brooke West Photography! Half of the mini-session fee and 10% of sales of prints & products were donated to Hand to Hold. Children painted ornaments from Brush Strokes Pottery from 10 a.m. to noon. Ornaments were kiln-fired and ready to pick up before Christmas. Cost was $12 for one ornament, $10 for each additional ornament. 10% of proceeds were donated to Hand to Hold. Baby Bugaloo discounted boutique merchandise by 10% from 10 a.m. to noon. Again, 10% of proceeds during this promotion will benefit Hand to Hold. Ho. Ho. Ho!!!

Preemie Power Photo Contest & Family Celebration – November 14, 2010

Preemie Power, Hand to Hold, NICU Reunion, Photo Contest, Family CelebrationHand to Hold’s Preemie Power Photo Contest celebrated Central Texas’ tiny (and not so tiny, anymore) super heroes. Seventy families submitted photos and short essays about their super hero child, and more than 13,000 votes were cast in the contest. Congratulations to Thundering Thurston, The Amazing Bryce-anator and Kate the Great who received top honors.  The winners were announced at the first annual Preemie Power family celebration that was held from 1-3:30 p.m. on November 14 in North Austin. The free, family-friendly party celebrated Hand to Hold’s first birthday and served as a community-wide NICU reunion for families to celebrate their extraordinary super hero children. Read more.

Halloween Mini Photo Sessions – October 25 and 27, 2010

Parents brought their little princesses and goblins for a $50 mini photo-session at Baby Bugaloo on Monday, October 25 or October 27. Brooke West Photography, specializing in children’s photography, was there to perfectly capture each child’s personality on film! Baby Bugaloo is a unique boutique for hip infants and toddlers, located in SW Austin. Each child received a special Halloween treat and parents  enjoyed 40% off Halloween clothes, costumes, accessories and toys.  Each participating family was entered to win a $150 gift certificate from Brooke West Photography good towards the purchase of a photo session or prints. Proceeds benefitted Hand to Hold.

Hand to Hold Discussion Series – September 30, 2010

The fall Hand to Hold Discussion Series was held September 30, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The discussion featured a keynote by Chris Watkins of Early Childhood Intervention who shared how to get the most out of early intervention, what happens upon transition out of the ECI program and what ongoing therapies may be necessary for continued developmental growth. After the initial presenation, a panel of therapists from around Austin addressed questions from the audience. A total of 13 therapy practices were on hand to share information to parents who attended. Read more.

Chris Watkins of ECI speaks on Getting the Most Out of Early Intervention

National Neonatal Nurse Appreciation Day – September 15, 2010

Volunteers gathered sweet treats, baked goodies and shared heartfelt notes with NICU nurses this past September to thank them for caring for their babies.  Volunteers made six baskets of goodies and delivered them to six Austin area NICUs.

Hand to Hold volunteers deliver treats to NICU nurses.

Get Nailed In To Austin Fashion Week – August 19, 2010

Beyond Tradition and Tracy Tenpenny Design celebrated Austin Fashion Week and the 2nd Street District’s 5th Anniversary from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 19 at Beyond Tradition (221 West 2nd Street, Austin). Tracy’s new collection which was created specifically for Austin Fashion Week 2010 was unveiled in grand style at this happening party and shopping event. Ten percent of purchases from the event benefitted Hand to Hold. See the invitation.

Martini and Mimosa Brunch – August 15, 2010

Fashionable ladies and gents arrived to makeover their accessories and enjoy a martini and mimosa brunch during Austin’s Fashion Week with Rae Cosmetics, which benefitted Hand to Hold. The posh event was held at the Rae Cosmetics Studio (1206 West 38th Street in the 26 Doors Shopping Center, Austin, Texas) from 11:30 am to 3:00 p.m. and included complimentary Rae Cosmetic Makeovers. Attendees were able to design their own Catherine Nicole Jewelry. Everyone enjoyed goodies from Blue Note Bakery and photos from  the Kate Rousset Photobooth before heading out. See the invitation.  Thanks to everyone who made this benefit a success.

Private Shopping Baby Bugaloo Baby Shower – August 15, 2010

Ladies joined us on Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Baby Bugaloo (5700 W. Slaughter Lane #220, Austin, Texas) for an exclusive Private Shopping Baby Shower. They shopped to their heart’s content and enjoyed refreshments, a raffle, door prizes and goody bags. In addition to a 10% discount on all purchases, free Similac diaper bags were given out as party favors while supplies lasted.  Sponsors gave Hand to Hold 10% of the event proceeds to assist families who have or had a child in the NICU. View the invitation. Thanks to everyone for making this possible!

Hand to Hold Discussion Series – June 23, 2010

The Hand to Hold Premiere Discussion Series was held June 23, 2010 at St. David’s Hospital. The discussion featured Jennifer Gunter, MD who spoke about the “Mind-Body Connection and Prematurity.” After the audience question and answer session, Dr. Gunter signed copies of her new book The Preemie Primer. Read more.

Host an Event

If you are an individual, family or organization hosting a special event, consider designating Hand to Hold as the recipient of the proceeds. By supporting Hand to Hold, you will help us spread the word that peer-to-peer support is available for parents caring for children born premature and those who have experienced a loss. Please contact us to learn more.

  • Client appreciation party
  • Golf tournament
  • Private dinner party/gathering
  • Restaurant opening
  • Scout fundraiser

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