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If you’d like to write/produce a story to help Hand to Hold reach more parents and professionals, please contact Kelli Kelley to schedule an interview.

Media Coverage

Hurricane Harvey: Mom recalls putting baby in helicopter to Austin by Nicole Villalpando for Austin-American Statesman

Hand to Hold profile on Charity Matters by Heidi Johnson

Austin’s Hand to Hold starts NICU Now podcast for parents of premature babies by Nicole Villalpando for

Austin’s Hand to Hold’s Kelli Kelley takes new role consulting Huggies by Nicole Villalpando for

Preemie Power 2015   Preemie Power Photo and Essay Contest – Hand to Hold Honors the Strength and Super Powers of NICU Families and their Premature Infants in 2015

Preemie power: These 8 prematurely born babies are heroes, and here’s why by Terri Peters of

Adorable premmie baby heroes awarded for their fighting power by Evie Grabowiecki of

4 Incredible Preemie Survival Stories by Maura Hohman for What to shares the winning stories of Preemie Power 2015.

Understanding Premature Births by Jennifer Degl writing for New York Parenting

Prematurity is Hard by Trish Ringley, RN writing for

10 Questions About Providing Breast Milk to Your Preemie by Hand to Hold in partnership with Medela

10 Things NICU Parents Want You to Know by Amanda MacMillan on Huffington Post

10 Things NICU Parents Want You to Know by Amanda MacMillan of

The Stress of Having a Baby in the NICU by Amanda MacMillan of

5 Things Never to Say to Parents of Preemies (and What to Say Instead) by Catherine Pearson of The Huffington Post

Community Volunteer Partnerships – Hand to Hold featured in the Auxillary Connection by St. David’s Medical Center Volunteer Auxillary

Four Incredible Preemie Survival Stories by Maura Hohman of

Adorable Premmie Baby Heroes Awarded for Their Fighting Power by Evie Grabowiecki of (Sydney, Australia)

Preemie power: These 8 prematurely born babies are heroes, and here’s why by Terri Peters of
Also reposted:

2016 NANT Conference Keynote: Two Things You Need To Know About Glennon by Sue Ludwig of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists

Newborn intensive care survivors: a review and a plan for collaboration in Texas by Gong et al. 2015 in Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology (Hand to Hold thanked in the acknowledgements)

Hand to Hold Helps NICU Families – 2nd Annual Baby Shower Fundraising Luncheon by Elaine Krackau of Texas Lifestyles Magazine

Bambinos Boutique Presents Preemie Services by KENS-5 (San Antonio, Texas)

KPLC: Sunrise Interview: “Fashion Gives Back” Benefit at Mimosa Boutique by KPLC (Lake Charles, Louisiana)

Mercy Medical Nurse Honored with National Award by Danielle Radin of KRCR-TV (Redding, California)

Nurse Honored at Mercy for Work with Premature Babies by Amber Sandhu of the Record Searchlight

Redding Nurse Awarded National Care Award by Matt Shilts of North State Public Radio

Building a Powerful NICU Family Support Network: A Guest Article from Hand to Hold by Kelli Kelley and featured on Mead Johnson Nutrition’s Journal

St. Charles Bend NICU Doctor Honored by KTVZ-TV

Nonprofit Recognizes St. Charles Doctor for Work with Newborns by Kathleen McLaughlin of The Bend Bulletin

Not Alone: Serving the Emotional Side for NICU Parents by Sherida Mock of Austin Family Magazine

What a Chair Can Do: Hand to Hold, an Austin Family and the Kangaroo Chair by Nicole Villalpando of Raising Austin Blog of the Austin American-Statesman

Premature Birth vs. Full-Term Birth: What’s the Difference? by Keren Perles,

Meet Kelli Kelley Outstanding Austin Communicator Award Winner by Maria Cammack, Austin Communicators of Austin

Nominate a NICU Hero by Austin Family Magazine

Turning Pain into Gain for a Cause by Amy Bills of npENGAGE blog

A Hand to Hold for Parents of Premature Babies by Nicole Villalpando of the Austin American-Statesman

Pediatrician Honored – The Austin Diagnostic Clinic’s Blog

Hand to Hold (Interview begins at 1:13:00) 2-2-15 on Let’s Get Healthy with Bill Swail on Talk Radio 1370 AM (Austin)

Hand to Hold and the Austin Marathon with host Greg Ciotti of Reflections of Community Outreach on KOOP 91.7 FM (Austin)

Six Degrees of Austin Woman: Hand to Hold by Megan Russell of Austin Woman Magazine

The Best NICU Articles of 2014 by Trish Ringley of

Preemie Power Contest 2014 – Sierra Booster, Loyalton, California

Preemie Power 2014 Winner – Baby Asher by Ruth Ellis of Lassen County Times

5 Thoughtful and Inspiring Gifts for NICU Families by Jodi Dolezel, RN,

Kristin Armstrong Brings Laughter, Inspiration to First Baby Shower Benefiting Hand to Hold by Robert Godwin, Keep Austin Giving

Hand to Hold Supporting NICU Graduates with New Handbook by Nicole Basham,

New Milestones Foundation, Hand to Hold, Boys and Girls Clubs and More by Michael Barnes, Out and About, Austin American-Statesman

Andra Liemandt of The Mrs., Kelli Kelley of Hand to Hold and Allison Miller, host of We Are Austin on KEYE-TV

(L-R) Andra Liemandt of The Mrs., Kelli Kelley of Hand to Hold and Allison Miller, host of We Are Austin on KEYE-TV

Hand to Hold Announces Its Baby Shower by Allison Miller of We Are Austin on KEYE-TV

Get Involved Spotlight – Hand to Hold by Mike Lee of KUT-FM

Baby, Let’s Celebrate by Alison Stoos of Austin Woman Magazine

Carla McDonald Shares Her Secrets for the Ultimate Party by Kathy Blackwell of Austin Way Magazine

Huntsville Hospital NICU Nurse a Finalist in National Award Program by Crystal Bonvillian of

MUSC Neonatal Nurse Wins National Award by Lauren Sausser, The Post & Courier

Nurse’s big heart for babies lands her national award by Helen Adams, Medical University of South Carolina – MUSC News Center

Local doctor named ‘hero’ for preemie care by Andrea Lutz, KTVB-TV News, Boise, Idaho

Parents Thank Sierra Vista for Caring for Premature Twins by Janet Lavelle of the San Luis Obispo Tribune

Twins’ Parents Nominate Sierra Vista Hospital for Award by David Middlecamp of the San Luis Obispo Tribune

Sierra Vista Receives Award for Its NICU by Olivia DeGennaro of KSBY-TV News, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Nonprofit connects families of premature babies for support by Amy Denny/Community Impact News – Georgetown, Cedar Park/Leander, Northwest Austin

Who Would Want to Talk About Dead Babies? ‘Return to Zero’ Movie Director Hopes for Healing Conversations by Janet Pickel of Patriot-News

“What’s Next?” for Communicators Making A Career Change by IABC Austin

Making In Vitro Births Safer and Less Costly by Sally Herships of Marketplace

Kelli Kelley and Yvonne Nava

Mother of Premature Babies Helps Others by Yvonne Nava of KVUE-TV News Midday

Oh Baby – ABJ Scene – Austin Business Journal

On the Scene | Around Town – Hand to Hold For the Love of Babies Awards Breakfast (p.28 print, p.31 digital) – Austin Woman Magazine – March 2014

Hand to Hold Awards Breakfast by Robert Godwin of Keep Austin

TODAY HealthThe Hidden, Human Cost of ‘Distressed’ Babies: NICU Parents Suffer PTSD Symptoms by Agnes Pawlowski of

What AOL’s Tim Armstrong Forgot About the Language of Healthcare by Tara Trower Doolittle in the Viewpoints Blog of the Austin American-Statesman

St. Mary’s County Baby’s Story Wins National Contest by Susan Craton of SoMDNews

Grateful Mom Nominates Moore Regional NICU Nurse for Award by the Asheboro Courier-Tribune

San Dimas’ Boy’s Struggles, Triumphs Earn Recognition from Preemie Support Organization by Melissa Masatani of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune

San Antonio mom blogger Melissa Droegemueller with Lone Star Signers by Colleen Pence of San Antonio Mom Blogs

Hand to Hold by B-DOE for KLBJ-FM Local Insights

Holidays in the NICU by Leigh Ann Torres of

Help Ease Holiday Stress for NICU Parents by Leigh Ann Torres of

Marathon Unveils Charity Program at Thursday HH by Pam LeBlanc,

Join Team Hand to Hold at the Austin Marathon by K-Doe on KLBJ 93.7 FM / Community Insights Show

Dad Films Premature Son’s Miraculous First Year by Beth Greenfield of Yahoo Shine

Program Helps Siblings Connect

Sibling Sundaes Helps Keep Families Together by Judy Maggio on KEYE TV CBS Austin

Program Helps Siblings Connect by Nicole Villalpando for the Austin American-Statesman (PDF)

Hand to Hold Love of Babies Celebration by Robert Godwin for the Austin American-Statesman’s REAL Magazine

Welcome to the NICU Parent Club by Erika Goyer, posted on Life After NICU blog

Giving Back: Hand to Hold byKelli Kelley, posted on Life After NICU blog

For the Love of Babies - Austin Woman Magazin
For the Love of Babies by Allie Eissler of Austin Woman Magazine

Hand to Hold’s For the Love of Babies Campaign – on Clear Channel Communities interviewed by  Mosser & Hudson, KVET 98.1

Proof That Trauma Can Be Over Come – {Podcast} hosted by Michele Rosenthal of Your Life After Trauma

Fragile Babies, Strong Support – by Jody Joseph Marmel of NSIDE Medical Austin Magazine

InFluential Magazine - November December 2012Holding the Hands of Many – written by Ashley Halligan, interviewed by William Jackson –  Influential Magazine

KC Child Wins National Contest – Kansas City Star

Preemie Awareness Month – by Lisa Traugott of She’s Losing It (blog)

November is Preemie Awareness Month – by Lauri Harrison of Mom to Be Depot (blog)

Preemie Power Family Celebration at the Dell Diamond – Austin Business Journal’s A-List (September 21, 2012)

Donating BreastMilk Part 2 by Danny Cameron (interview of Kelli Kelley) for

How to Protect Your Baby from RSV by Kelli Kelley (BabyCenter Featured Expert), Momformation Blog,

Pinterest: 15 Special Needs Organizations & Bloggers to Follow by Rabbi Tzvi Schectman, The Friendship Circle Blog

The Challenges of Preterm Birth: Beyond the Hospital Doors by Kelli Kelley, guest author | Case in Point – March 2012 issue by Dorland Health

Preemie Development – Effects of Premature Birth by Charlotte Latvala, | BabyTalk Magazine – March 2012 Issue

Kelli Kelley with Claire Jordan and Lauren Bayne of Texas M.I.L.K

Photo Credit: Lauri Johnston

Kelli Kelley: Founder, Hand to Hold by Claire Jordan and Lauren Bayne, Texas M.I.L.K. (Moms I’d Like to Know) Blog

Essay: Hand to Hold Preemie Power Essay Contest Winners by Kim Pleticha – December 2011 – Parent:Wise Austin

Thanksgiving Holiday Holds Special Meaning for Two West Austin Families by Leslee Bassman – November 24, 2011 – West Austin News

Thankful for One-Pound Wonders – by Johnny Johnson – Hill Country News

Preemie Power Family Celebration – November 13, 2011 – YNN Austin

Celebrate Preemie Power by Leigh Ann Torres – Free Fun in Austin Blog

BoA Honors Local Austin Heroes:

Bank of America Honors Local Austin Heroes – by Anne Wyatt Little – KTBC Fox 7 News

Preemies & RSV: Working with Insurance on Synagis Coverage – by Deb Discenza – Deb’s Blog –

Charity Case: Team DadLabs Running Marathon to Benefit Nonprofits – by Clay Nichols – DadLabs Blog –

Preemie Power Photo and Essay Contest: Voting Starts Monday – by Leigh Ann Torres – Austin Parenting Multiples –

9th Anniversary Panelists – Carla McDonald – by Joelle Pearson of Austin Woman Magazine

August 2011 Website of the Month – Twin Multiples Club

St. David’s Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Medical Director, Sonnie Rivera, M.D., Wins National Frist Humanitarian Award – St. David’s Health Care’s Facebook Page

Kelli Kelley with Hand to Hold Named Health Care Hero Finalist – Austin Business Journal

Hand to Hold Sponsoring Music for Angels Among Us – by Dorie Dillard, Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living Blog

In Philanthropy News – by Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman

Hand to Hold Discussion Series: What About Healthy Siblings? –  by Leigh Ann Torres – Austin Parenting Multiples –

Hand to Hold – Business Briefing – Up the Ladder – by Austin American-Statesman staff

Support Preemies with Hand to Hold and Painting with a Twist – by Leigh Ann Torres, Austin Parenting Multiples –

Preemies, Painting, and Pinot – by Leigh Ann Torres, Genie in a Blog

Hand to Hold Named Finalist for RISE Austin’s Nonprofit Fast Pitch 2011
Kelli Kelley of Hand to Hold was a RISE Global Nonprofit Fast-Pitch 2011 Finalist

In the Spotlight: Hand to Hold – Supporting Moms with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – American Academy of Pediatrics – Section on Perinatal Pediatrics

DadLabs Videos: Preemie Hand to Hold – by Clay Nichols – DadLabs

Rae Cosmetics Gives Back – Austin Woman Magazine

Preemie Babies Honored As Superheroes – by Kim Pleticha – ParentWise Austin

Partner Spotlight: Hand to Hold – Preemie Matters – A Resource from National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

Steiner Ranch Family Has  A Lot to Be Thankful For – by Leslee Bassman – Four Points News

Cedar Park’s Moline Family: A Lot to Be Thankful For – by Leslee Bassman – Hill Country News

Local Child a Winner in Photo, Essay Contest – by Marcial Guajardo – Round Rock Leader

Preemie Power Brings Back Memories, Offers Support – by Andrea Ball – Charity Chat Blog – Austin American-Statesman

Hand to Hold: Support for Parents of Preemies – by Leigh Ann Torres – Austin Parenting Multiples –

Hand to Hold Holds Preemie Power – News 8 Austin

Hand to Hold Marks First Anniversary with Preemie Power Family Event – by Leigh Ann Torres – Austin Parenting Multiples –

Community Event Celebrates the Strength of Tiniest Texans – advertorial – Austin American-Statesman

Preemie Power Family Celebration – by Catherine  Prystup –

Cast Your Vote in the Preemie Power Photo Contest – by Leigh Ann Torres – Austin Parenting Multiples –

Hand to Hold Hosts Preemie Contest – by Andrea Ball – Charity Chat Blog – Austin American-Statesman

Preemie Power! Enter the Hand to Hold Prematurity Awareness Month Contest – by Melanie – Seton Baby Talk Blog

Masterpiece – by Beth Bishop – Covenant Presbyterian Church Blog

Startup Austin Nonprofit Lending a Hand to Premature Infants, Parents by Sandra Zaragoza – Austin Business Journal

Help Hand to Hold Celebrate Neonatal Nurses Appreciation Day September 15 – by Leigh Ann Torres – Austin Parenting Multiples –

Breaking the Bank for Bed Rest – by Amie Newman – Reproductive Health Reality Check Blog

Up the Ladder – Austin American-Statesman

I Live Here, I Give Here: A Hand to Hold by Keri Bellacosa – KTBC Fox 7 (Austin’s Fox Network)

Austin Fashion Week Party No. 10: VIP Preview at Beyond Tradition by Michael Barnes – Austin American-Statesman

A New Outreach for Parents of Premature Babies by Jessica Vess – KVUE TV (Austin’s ABC Affiliate)

Premature Babies: A Rollercoaster Ride by Jennifer Slayton – KUT FM

Premature Babies Change Rules, Doctor and Mom Says by Tara Trower/Raising Austin column – Austin American-Statesman

Local Mom Offers Parents of Preemies A Hand to Hold by Nicole Basham –

Event for Parents of Premature Babies by Andrea Ball – Austin American-Statesman

Staging Success: Nonprofit Able to Sell the Value of Its Theater-Based Community Service” by Sandra Zaragoza – Austin Business Journal May 14-20, 2010 issue

Hand to Hold Needs Volunteers to Help NICU Babies” by Andrea Ball – Austin American-Statesman

Mama of the Month – Meet Kelli Kelley” – Mamas on

A Life’s Purpose Found: Austin Mom Develops “Hand to Hold Program” by Amy Carr – Austin Faith & Family Magazine Page 20

Parent Launches Program for Parents of Premies by Andrea Ball – Austin American-Statesman

“‘Hand to Hold’: A Mother’s Journey to Provide Local Support for Parents of Infants Born Too Soon” by Leslee Bassman – Four Points/Hill Country News

St. David’s Hosts Neonatal Reunion – Fox 7 News

News Releases

September 8, 2015 – Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Announce Third Annual NICU Heroes Award Winners

July 28, 2015 – Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Announce Finalists of Third Annual NICU Heroes Awards

March 31, 2015 – Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Announce Third Annual NICU Heroes Award

February 10, 2015 – Hand to Hold Honors Four Medical Professionals at Annual “For the Love of Babies” Awards Breakfast

December 16, 2014 – Hand to Hold Honors the Strength and Super Powers of NICU Families and their Premature Infants in 2014 Preemie Power Photo and Essay Contest

September 24, 2014 – Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Announce Second Annual NICU Heroes Award Winners

May 21, 2014 – Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Seek to Honor NICU Heroes

February 9, 2014 – Hand to Hold Honors Four Medical Professionals for Strong, Compassionate Care of Preterm Babies and Their Families

December 20, 2013 – Hand to Hold Announces 2013 Preemie Power Contest Winners

October 30, 2013 – Mead Johnson and Hand to Hold Honor the NICU Heroism of Dr. Gerard Cleary

May 13, 2013 – Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Looking for “NICU Heroes”

February 14, 2013 – Hand to Hold Launches NICU Resource Library; Helps Hospitals Deliver Family-Centered Care

November 17, 2012 – Hand to Hold Announces 2012 Photo and Essay Contest Winners

November 16, 2012 – New Guidelines Released for the Care of Late Preterm Infants (Hand to Hold quoted, originally released by National Perinatal Association)

May 14, 2012 – Hand to Hold Honors Corporate Heroes, Names Volunteer of the Year at Spring Reception

November 17, 2011 – Hand to Hold Announces Photo and Essay Contest Winners

November 8, 2011 – Preemie Power Celebrates Super Hero Children, Builds Community

April 29, 2011 – Hand to Hold Names New Board Officers; Appoints New Staff

February 7, 2011 – Nonprofit Hand to Hold Focuses on Preserving Marital Relationships after a NICU Experience or Loss

November 16, 2010 – Hand to Hold Announces Photo and Essay Contest Winners

November 4, 2010 – Preemie Power Celebrates the Strength of Tiniest Central Texans (Press Release | Media Alert)

October 12, 2010 – Preemie Power Photo Contest Underway (PDF)

September 15, 2010 – Nonprofit Hand to Hold Brings Attention to Getting the Most Out of Early Intervention at September Talk (PDF)

June 5, 2010 – Internationally Renowned OB/GYN to Discuss Mind-Body Connections to Help Preemies Reach Their Full Potential (PDF)