Editorial Panel

Hand to Hold is committed to providing reliable, up-to-date information to the families we serve. We strive to promote the best practices of family-centered care. In order to do this Hand to Hold has assembled an editorial panel to advise us and review our health education materials. These professionals have offered their time, experience, and clinical expertise to further the mission of Hand to Hold:

David Breed, MD, Neonatologist
Pediatrix Medical Group and Medical Director
Round Rock Medical Center Intensive Care Unit

Deb Discenza
Preemie Parent
Co-author of The Preemie Parent’s Survival Guide, Owner of PreemieWorld
Moderator of the Inspire “Preemie Support” forum

Amy Gates, RD, CSP, LD
NICU Parent
Neonatal Dietitian at The Medical College of Georgia
Instructor at The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) School of Medicine
Lecturer for the MCG School of Nursing and Department of Nutrition

Dawn Gibson, LCSW
Psychotherapist and founder of Mindful Mothering

Sue Lyddon Hall, MD
NICU Director, and Board Certified Physician in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Author, “For the Love of Babies”

Elizabeth Harvey, MA, LMSW
Women’s Health and NICU Social Worker
St. David’s Medical Center

Becky Hatfield
Preemie Parent
Parent Support Specialist
Parent to Parent Program University of  Utah Hospital

Rebecca Lea Huston, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor Division of General Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio (UTHSCSA)

Michael Hynan, PhD
Preemie Parent
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (retired)
Author, The Pain of Premature Parents
Board Member, National Perinatal Association – Family Advocacy Network

Leslie Ivey, RD, LD
Austin’s First Steps High Risk Follow-Up Clinic

Stephanie Key, RN, MSN, CPNP
Austin Diagnostic Clinic

Sue Ludwig, OTR/L
President and Founder of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT)

Yvette McDonald, MSN, RNC-NIC
NICU Director
St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas

Marisa McFadin, LMSW
Cook Children’s Medical Center

Theresa McLauchlan, RN, BSN
Neonatal Nurse Educator
St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas

Nicole Murray, RN, BSN
Neonatal Nurse Educator
St. David’s Medical Center

Felicia Nash, MD, OB/GYN
Preemie Parent
Women Partners in Health, Austin

Rajam Ramamurthy, MD
Clinical Professor and the Rita & William Head Distinguished Chair in Developmental and Environmental Neonatology, UT Health Science Center – San Antonio
Medical Director, Premature Infant Development

Donna Ryan, MSN, RN
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student
Clinical Research Coordinator
Duke University School of Nursing

Rhonda Sagesar, RN
NICU Director
St. David’s Medical Center

Keira Sorrells
Preemie Parent
Executive Director, Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation

Kim Updegrove, RN, CNM, MSN, MPH
Executive Director, Mother’s Milk Bank in Austin
President Human Milk Banking Association of North AmericaHand to Hold logo


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