Are you a parent with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit?
Does your baby have special health care needs?
Have you recently experienced a loss?
Are you a caregiver or grandparent of a preemie?
We want you to know that you are not alone, and peer-to-peer support is available.
Hand to Hold carefully matches seasoned parents (Helping Hands) with a parent in need of support. These one-on-one relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience of preterm birth, life in the NICU, a child born with a special health care need, loss of pregnancy and/or infant loss.
Let us connect you with a peer to help you with the challenges you now face, and help you prepare to meet the challenges you may not expect. Read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more details. You may request support at any time. We are here when you need us.
In April of 2007, 26 weeks and three days into my pregnancy, our sweet Miller made his grand entrance to the world. He weighed two pounds, one ounce, and was immediately whisked away to his new home, the NICU. Four days later, we learned he had a brain injury. Our world was completely shattered. From that moment on, we felt like we had fallen through a surprise trap door and into another universe altogether. As much as the NICU staff tried to help, as many hours as we relentlessly searched the Internet, we just needed to find someone, anyone, who could actually RELATE—someone who had experience with our experiences, who may have faced some of the countless challenges we would soon be facing.
—Stephanie Peoples, mother to Miller born at 26 weeks