Hand to Hold’s Position Statement on Recent NEC Lawsuits

July 10, 2024

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a complicated and multifactorial disease that progresses rapidly in preterm and full term infants. The causes of NEC continue to be studied and researched by scientists and medical professionals. 

Hand to Hold supports the NEC Society and their mission to accelerate science and prevent this devastating disease. It is imperative to remember that feeding decisions in the NICU are medical decisions and should be made by specialized medical professionals in collaboration with NICU families. These decisions should be made at bedsides in the NICU, not by lawyers in courtrooms. Hand to Hold is committed to providing personalized support for all NICU families affected by this disease through mental health programs, education, and advocacy.