Virtual Support for NICU Families

Hand to Hold understands that a high-risk pregnancy, a complicated birth, a NICU stay or the loss of a baby are very traumatic and isolating experiences. Our virtual support groups are here to support parents at any stage of their journey.

Free Virtual Support Groups

Check out our Virtual Support Group Flyer to print and post in your NICU today. (available in English & Spanish)

Virtual support groups allow families to access support at all stages of the NICU journey, from the comfort of your own home. To learn more about our Family Support Specialists hosting the groups, visit our staff page.

If you are a professional, and not a NICU parent, we kindly ask that you please respect the privacy of the families who join our groups by not registering for, and joining, a session. Having professionals in a peer support group changes the dynamics and impact for the parents involved as observers cannot participate from a place of lived experience.

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MONDAY

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST
BEYOND THE NICU
Host: Christine/Cristal
Register here

TUESDAY

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Host: Whitney
Register here

WEDNESDAY

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST
BEYOND THE NICU
Host: Suzy/Whitney
Register here

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST
Host: Suzy
Register here

THURSDAY/
JUEVES

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Host: Christine
Register here

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
(en español)
Host: Cristal
Register here

FRIDAY

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Host: Cristal
Register here

All Zoom meetings will lock 15 minutes after start time, to secure the group to only those registered. 

Hand to Hold is using Zoom, a third party vendor, to host these virtual support groups. Zoom is a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing with functionality across mobile devices, desktops and telephones. Hand to Hold is enabling all security features to ensure privacy and will not be recording any part of these confidential groups. It is our responsibility to inform you that any virtual support is not as secure as having in-person interactions. Any breach on Zoom’s behalf is out of Hand to Hold’s control.

By registering, you acknowledge you have been informed of the risks of communicating virtually and you agree to hold Hand to Hold harmless from any disruptions or breach during your participation.

For help on how to join Zoom, please click here.

Free podcasts for NICU parents and professionals

A podcast for everyone.

NICU parents and professionals can listen to three new podcast episodes on managing emotions and coping during the COVID-19 crisis.
 

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Private Facebook Communities

Community and connection are just a click away with our private Facebook communities, where parents can ask questions, share information and celebrate milestones in a safe, supportive environment.

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Request a peer mentor

Request a peer mentor today and get connected, and supported by, a trained, NICU graduate peer mentor. Hand to Hold carefully matches seasoned NICU and bereaved parents with new parents in need of support. 

Having a baby in the NICU is life-altering. But you don’t have to do it alone.

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For May’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re focusing on why it’s important for moms to prioritize their own mental health. Find helpful resources, articles, activities and more at handtohold.org/maternalmentalhealth. Together we can raise awareness, remove stigmas and encourage mothers to care for themselves so they can heal, thrive and grow during and after a NICU stay or the loss of an infant.

How else can Hand to Hold can support you? Find more resources for the whole family. 

This page was last modified on Jun 22, 2020 @ 3:15 pm. If you see any information that needs to be updated or corrected, please contact info@handtohold.org.