Peer Mentor Program

You’ve been there. Now you can help.

Hand to Hold’s award winning Peer Mentor Program has supported parents who have a baby in the NICU or experienced the loss of a NICU baby, for more than a decade and at no cost to families. Our peer mentor coordinator will match you with a peer mentee, a NICU parent who is seeking connection with someone who is uniquely familiar with their NICU experience. 97% of parents surveyed would recommend Hand to Hold’s peer mentor program to other families.

  • These relationships inspire hope and offer the chance for parents to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who has been there.
  • Volunteer peer mentors receive extensive training before being matched with a mentee. This includes effective listening skills, signs of perinatal and postpartum mood disorders and self-care.
  • Connect with your mentee in whatever way is preferred by the mentee: text, email, call, or video chat.
  • Stay in touch with your mentee for as long as you both find value in the connection.
  • Our peer mentor coordinator will oversee your match to make sure everything is going smoothly.

According to the National Perinatal Association, peer support can:

  • offer comfort family and friends may not be able to provide
  • provide a safe environment to share feelings
  • empower parents to problem-solve and become advocates for their families and themselves
  • help parents feel less alone
  • increase acceptance of difficult situations and offer important resources for coping


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“Even though we had a tremendous support network through our neighborhood and church communities, none of that was as valuable, uplifting and life-saving as the peer-to-peer support my husband and I received through Hand to Hold. It’s with a thankful heart that I say the progress our family has made was a direct result of our Hand to Hold mentor.”
— Kathryn W., Austin, TX