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I Never Knew There Could Be a Future So Bright

Last week my husband and I took our son, a former 24-weeker, on his first college visit. I was overcome with emotion as we sat through orientation, remembering the long months in the NICU, when I wondered if he would even survive, much less graduate with academic honors from high school.

My mind cycled through the many milestones we've achieved as a family:

The first time I changed his diaper in the NICU.

Jackson's first birthday, which made me surprisingly emotional.

Watching him welcome his younger sister into the world.

Sending him to his first sleep away camp.

His first interception in football.

And now his upcoming senior year and impending graduation from high school.

Hand to Hold's summer awareness campaign, #FutureSoBright, is a reminder of the incredible futures that lie ahead for our NICU graduates. But to ensure these outcomes, their parents need support, education and access to resources throughout their journey.

We are inviting you: our donors, sponsors, parents, NICU professionals, volunteers and other supporters to participate in this fun, interactive campaign.

I founded Hand to Hold after many long years of struggling to find the emotional support I needed, while juggling the medical needs and seemingly endless therapy appointments for my son. During these times, I never could have imagined what his future may be.

Because of you, our incredible supporters, the future of Hand to Hold is brighter than ever, and in turn, so is the future of thousands of NICU families who are receiving the support they need.

I've got my shades ready. Let's all embrace the bright futures of our families. Make your gift of $10 or more today to receive your own pair of #FutureSoBright shades, then share your photos and story with us!


Shine Bright for NICU Families!

Summer is finally here! As the days get warmer and the sun gets sunnier, Hand to Hold challenges YOU to shine bright for NICU families. Let's show everyone that NICU families have a #FutureSoBright they need shades!   Learn more about how you can help make sure NICU families have a #FutureSoBright.


5th Annual Baby Shower Luncheon Special Guest Speaker: Ginger Zee

For our 2018 event, we are thrilled to announce our special guest speaker, Ginger Zee! Ginger is the Emmy Award-winning chief meteorologist at ABC News, covering the nation’s weather headlines on Good Morning America and across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Natural Disaster: I Cover Them; I Am One, published in December 2017.

Ginger will be sharing her message of resilience and self-care with our community, leaving audiences feeling renewed, empowered, and intensely moved by her raw, poignant chronicle of life as a Natural Disaster.   Find out more about this fun annual event.


The NICU Heroes Podcast is Here!

Last week we launched our newest podcast, NICU Heroes, created specifically for NICU professionals. Following the tremendous success of Hand to Hold’s NICU Now podcast for NICU families, we are confident this platform will provide a convenient, effective way for NICU professionals to learn to more effectively support NICU parents. Each episode is worth one contact hour of continuing education.  Listen and learn more here.


Hand to Hold Named 2019 Groudfloor Fellow

Hand to Hold is thrilled to announce that we have been accepted as a 2019 fellow into the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas's GroundFloor program. With the support of this program, Hand to Hold will be able to refine our resources and programs to be more sustainable and impactful for our communities.  Find out more about how we hope to benefit from this amazing program.


Celebrating Dads on Father's Day

We had so much fun celebrating DADS during our Father's Day celebrations at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, St. David's Medical Center in Austin and St. David's North Austin Medical Center! We're so glad so many dads took some time to stop by and enjoy some good food and company in between snuggles with their NICU babies.  View photos of the events here.


From the Blog

6 Reasons your Baby Needs a Primary NICU Nurse by Amialya Durairaj. Amialiya answers common questions about primary NICU nurses and how getting one may be one of the best things you can do for your baby during their hospitalization.

Dark Days of Depression After the NICU by Beth Puskas. Beth shares her honest story about how what were supposed to be some of the happiest days of her life ended up being some of the darkest.

FAQs: Preemies and IVs in collaboration with IVwatch and myIV.com. One of the common procedures your preemie is likely to experience is IV therapy for fluids and nutrition. We partnered with IVwatch and myIV.com to answer some frequently asked questions so parents can remain informed.  



About Hand to Hold

Hand to Hold helps families before, during, and after NICU stays and infant loss by providing powerful resources for the whole family, and most importantly, one-on-one mentoring from someone who has been there. Read more.



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