Virtual Support for NICU Parents

Find support from wherever you are at any stage of your journey through Hand to Hold’s virtual support – which includes virtual support groups, mobile app, podcasts, private Facebook groups and our peer mentor program. All support is provided at no cost to the parents.

Virtual support groups allow NICU parents to access support from a mobile device or a laptop at no cost to the parent.  Whether you are at the hospital, your home, or sitting in your parked car, we welcome you to join us where you are. 98% of parents who have attended Hand to Hold Virtual Support groups would recommend it to a friend.

Our groups are designed to bring NICU parents who are going through similar journeys together.  All groups are led by our trained Family Support Specialists staff team members, each of who has had a NICU experience of their own. Camera on or camera off, we welcome parents in the way they are most comfortable. English and Spanish offerings.

Scroll down to see a description of the different virtual support groups available and to sign up. To learn more about our Family Support Specialists hosting the groups, visit our staff page.

Virtual Support Groups

Pictured: Christine, one of our trained staff members, facilitating a group in Spanish.

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

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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Love & Loss: Virtual Support for Bereaved Families

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NICU Dads

Select time to register:

Every other Tuesday, 6 p.m.

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High-Risk Pregnancy

Select time to register:

Tuesdays, 12 p.m. CST

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Virtual Support for Black NICU Families

Select time to register:

Thursdays, 1 p.m. CST

Familias NICU virtual support group

Cafecito con Familias NICU

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Virtual Support for Families with Medically Complex Children

Select time to register:

3rd Wednesday of the month,
1 p.m. CST

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.

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Download the Hand to Hold App!

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Having a baby in the NICU is life-altering. But you don’t have to do it alone. Join the Hand to Hold Community for compassionate one-on-one connection with NICU parents and Hand to Hold Family Support Specialists at any point in your unique journey.

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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.
 

Private Facebook Groups

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

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

This page was last modified on Apr 22, 2022 @ 11:13 am. If you see any information that needs to be updated or corrected, please contact info@handtohold.org.