Podcast Campaign Exceeded Goal!
by Kelli Kelley, Founder and Executive Director
For weeks after my son’s preterm birth at 24 weeks gestation, I sat by his bedside and desperately tried to see past the tubes and wires that engulfed his tiny body. I could barely see his face because of the respirator tube and tape used to hold it in place. I was told I needed to bond with my baby. But how was I supposed to bond with a baby I could not hold, feed or bathe? I knew the possible implications of allowing myself to bond with a baby that may not survive.
Those were dark and lonely days. I was crumbling under the weight of my grief. I was overcome with feelings of guilt and shame that my body had failed my baby and my husband.
I did not know how to talk about my emotions.
I did not know how to effectively communicate with my son’s care team or how to advocate for him.
I did not know how to break down the barrier between me and my sick baby so I could start the bonding process.
I needed support, but I did not know where to turn, who to ask or even the words to use.
For the past 10 years, it has been my passion to help parents through those dark and lonely days and months that follow preterm birth and the loss of a baby. Hand to Hold has developed phenomenal educational resources, a respected peer-to-peer support program, an active online community, and a tremendously successful in-hospital support group curriculum.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors, Hand to Hold will now be able to expand our support curriculum to include a support-based podcast for NICU families that will make support more readily and easily accessible.
We are thrilled to announce that to date, our Podcast Campaign has raised $22,140, surpassing our initial goal by more than $2,000!
This exciting new project will provide much-needed support to those who may not have access to a support group at their hospital, or who may choose not to participate in support group for a number of reasons.
We would like to thank the more than 200 donors who supported our campaign, Andra Liemandt of The Mrs. for leading our Podcast Power Hour, and corporate sponsors Huggies® and Prolacta Bioscience.
Because of these generous individuals and corporations, we will be able to develop and launch our podcast series! This means NICU families will have access to critical support right on their smart phone, tablet or computer, when and where they need it, for free.
Again, thank you for believing in our mission and stay tuned as we broadcast our launch later this year!
What Supporters are Saying
"I would have loved a podcast to listen to during my 26-weeker's stay!" -- Karee M., NICU parent & podcast supporter
"For all the parents of the babies I have taken care of in my career and because of my son. Thank you Hand to Hold for offering this valuable service." -- Linda M., NICU nurse, NICU parent & podcast supporter
"Podcasts are a wonderful idea; wish we had them when my twins were in the NICU 18 years ago!" -- Debbie & Charles D., NICU parents & podcast supporters
"We are proud parents of twin NICU graduates which spent 5 months and 11 months in the unit. Our daughters, who were born at 23 weeks, received every treatment possible while in the NICU and we were educating ourselves through each circumstance without the support of someone who had been through this. A podcast with accounts from families who had been through our struggle would have been a welcome relief as we drove to and from the hospital, or even as a respite from the constant noise of the unit." -- Lindsey K, NICU parent & podcast supporter
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