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Addressing Unconscious Bias in the NICU

Addressing Unconscious Bias in the NICU

Prematurity does not discriminate. Women of every race, religion and socioeconomic background experience premature birth of their babies every year. But black women in the United States experience disproportionate and unacceptable poor maternal health outcomes. A...
A Holiday Message from Kelli Kelley

A Holiday Message from Kelli Kelley

  “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” James Cash Penney When I first founded Hand to Hold, I was the only employee. I spoke with the NICU staff and implored them to encourage NICU parents to contact me if they needed...
Patience (and Hard Work) Pays Off

Patience (and Hard Work) Pays Off

I know patience is a virtue, but I don’t have any! You would think that two NICU stays in less than three years would have given me ample opportunity to learn patience as I waited for my babies to be discharged home. But unfortunately, patience is just not part of my...
Grandparent Perspectives on Life in the NICU

Grandparent Perspectives on Life in the NICU

I have always thought of my dad as being larger than life. He is 6’4” and worked in law enforcement. I never knew him to be scared of anything. But when my son was born 16 weeks preterm, weighing just a pound and a half, my dad who had come to my rescue so many times...
Northbound and Down

Northbound and Down

As a child of the 70s, some of my earliest movie memories are of Smokey and the Bandit. The theme song “Eastbound and Down” has served as my anthem this summer as our Development Director Jennifer Hayhurst and I made twice weekly trips to Dallas for the first seven...