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Investing in Social Change
by Kelli Kelley 

kelli holding jacksonImagine having to decide if you want your baby to receive medical intervention at birth that, while potentially saving their life, could lead to a lifetime of healthcare challenges, developmental delays and disabilities.

Imagine after the baby survived despite tremendous challenges, that you were unable to hold your baby because their underdeveloped skin would tear like wet paper.

Imagine after weeks in the hospital, finally allowing yourself a few hours at home to rest and receiving a phone call from the doctor asking how long it would take you to get back to the hospital because your baby was not expected to live through the night.

Recently Radiolab aired an update of their podcast 23 Weeks 6 Days, the story of award winning journalists Kelly and Tom French’s excruciating NICU journey and the tremendous obstacles their baby girl Juniper had to overcome to survive. As I listened, I found myself crying as Kelly described her realization that her baby had been ripped from her body and the ache she felt to have Juniper back in her womb so she could protect her. Tom’s fears about his ability to bond with such a tiny and sick baby also resonated with me, as I too faced those same fears. ...continue reading


Join the Hand to Hold Sustaining Circle of Love

Sustaining Circle of Love

Hand to Hold's Sustaining Circle of Love was established to recognize dedicated annual donors who are passionate about advancing the mission of Hand to Hold. Thanks to our Sustaining Circle of Love members, Hand to Hold is able to help families before, during and beyond the NICU by providing powerful support and education they can access in a variety of ways.

Membership Levels: 

• Love:  $5,000 annual pledge for 3 years
• Hope:  $1,000 annual pledge for 3 years
• Faith:  $100/month pledge for 3 years
Membership Benefits:

• Recognition on the Sustaining Circle of Love webpage.
• Recognition in Hand to Hold’s e-newsletter and annual report. 
• Recognition at Hand to Hold’s signature fundraiser, Baby Shower Luncheon.
• Exclusive invitation to an annual appreciation event.

*Pledges can be scheduled in monthly, quarterly or annual installments. Your commitment provides unrestricted funding. Tickets, tables, sponsorships and other gifts to Hand to Hold do not qualify towards membership in the Sustaining Circle. 
If you are interested in learning more, contact Jennifer Hayhurst.


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Listening to Your Body During a High Risk Pregnancy

pregnant womanIn a high-risk pregnancy, it's important to learn the difference between the voice of fear and anxiety and the voice of calm and reason. Parijat Deshpande recalls her experience of realizing something was not quite right, and how she learned to listen to the right voices.

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Mentors Needed!

peer mentor 100.jpgHave you experienced a NICU stay, an antepartum hospitalization or the loss of a child? Do you have the heart for reaching out to others who are in that situation now? Hand to Hold is thrilled to have increasing requests for mentoring. Because of the increased need, we are looking for new mentors with excellent listening skills. We'll train you and guide you as needed. 

You've been there. Now you can help. Learn more today!

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party Supports NICU Families

Kendra ScottIf you live in Austin, visit Kendra Scott Jewelry on South Congress from 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday, April 26th to enjoy sips and sweets while you shop. Best of all, 20% of sales benefit Hand to Hold! Feel free to share the event on Facebook. Location: Kendra Scott, 1400 S. Congress Avenue, Suite A170, Austin, TX 78704

Save the Date: Hand to Hold's Annual Birthday Party

birthday kidJoin us on September 3, 2016, at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas for our Annual Birthday Celebration! Tickets will go on sale in late May.  Click here for more details, including how you or your company can sponsor the event. 

You Shop. Amazon Gives.

Skip the stores and shop online through AmazonSmile for all your shopping needs. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hand To Hold whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

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Connect With Us on LinkedIn!

linkedin logoHand to Hold is on LinkedIn! Follow us to stay informed about our most current updates and other NICU-related topics. Connect with us!

Volunteer Opportunities

Kelli visits VictoriaVolunteer your time to write supportive notes to be given to families in the NICU now and to say thanks to NICU staff during special recognition months. Or virtually correspond with a family who has had an experience similar to yours by becoming a Helping Hand peer mentor. Whether you have a little or a lot of time, we have a spot for you to make a difference today. Get started.

Connect to Support on Your Schedule

Julie Cruz and hubbieA baby's NICU stay or loss can be a lonely and isolating experience. Let our experienced Family Support Navigators help you connect to information, resources and support to help make the journey easier for you. Send us a request to begin

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   About Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold logoHand to Hold is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications. 

Hand to Hold - www.handtohold.org - 855-H2H-NICU

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