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Making Progress For the Love of Babies

Kelli Kelley holding JacksonWe are nearing the half-way mark of Hand to Hold’s For the Love of Babies 100-day fundraising and awareness campaign, and thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual donors, we fully anticipate surpassing our goal to deliver Hand to Hold’s new NICU Resource Library to 100 NICUs across the country in 2013.

The launch of Hand to Hold’s NICU Resource Library reminds me a lot of the day I finally held Jackson for the first time. For six weeks following his birth, I stood vigilant by his bedside willing him to breathe. I sang to him, read to him and prayed over him incessantly. And through it all I marveled at how his birth touched the lives of so many people – many of whom I had never met.

The day the team of nurses laid Jackson on my chest for the first time, I knew instinctively that he would one day grow into a healthy, happy young man. While I expected that the road ahead would not always be easy, I knew his life had purpose and that I was going to do everything in my power to ensure he met his full potential.

Birthing a non-profit is not easy. There have been tremendous obstacles and set-backs (not unlike a NICU stay) but there have also been amazing accomplishments and cause for celebration. Knowing we are making a difference in the lives of NICU and bereaved families throughout the US is humbling and keeps us focused on our ultimate goal – to ensure all families have a Hand to Hold during and after a NICU stay.

With the launch of the Hand to Hold’s NICU Resource Library, I feel that same instinctive hope and assurance I experienced when I held my baby for the first time. I knew then that my son would surpass all my expectations. Today, I know that Hand to Hold is well on its way to doing the same.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission. Find out how to dedicate our NICU Resource Library to your favorite hospital or make  donation in any amount to support our efforts to provide more education and resources for NICU and bereaved families.

With Appreciation,

Kelli Kelley Signature 
Kelli D. Kelley
Founder and Executive Director

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{Professional Insight} Choosing the Right Childcare

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Learning to Be an Effective Early Intervention Parent

Physical Therapy at HomeThrough her daughter's involvement in home-based early intervention, Melissa Haber learned how to be an effective advocate for her child, how to communicate effectively with therapists and how to let them go the moment she realizes they are not a good fit.

{Featured Resource} Neotech Home Health

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The Comfort of Knowing You're Not Alone

Evan DwyerLate-term preemie mother Amy talks about the complicated emotions NICU mothers go through and how she was honored to be matched with and support Desinee, a fellow preemie mom of a 31-weeker. 

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Mar 17 - Milk and Cookies in the NICU  will be offered 3-5pm at St. David's North Austin Medical Center.

Mar 21 - Join Hand to Hold for a Facebook Chat about "Empowering the Cerebral Palsy Parent" from 1-2pm. Submit questions in advance to Marty@handtohold.org.

Mar 24 - A community-wide bereavement service will be held at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks from 2-3:30pm in Pflugerville, TX.

Mar 30 - Milk and Cookies in the NICU will be offered from 2-3pm at St. David's Medical Center.

Apr 29 - Hand to Hold has been selected as a benefiary of the ATX Man Golf Classic which will be held at River Place Country Club in Austin, Texas.

May 17 - Hand to Hold will be holding a For the Love of Babies Gala at Mercury Hall at 7pm in Austin, TX. For sponsorship information contact, Allie Alter.

See more upcoming events and where we've been making connections.

Volunteer Opportunities

Helping Hand Peer Mentor - Volunteer to support a fellow NICU family no matter where you live.

Volunteer to provide NICU respite at the Ronald McDonald Room at St. David's North Austin Medical Center or at St. David's Medical Center (M/T, 9-1pm). 

Thank You for
Amplifying Austin

Thanks to all the Austin folks who participated in the first annual Amplify Austin community giving festival held March 4-5. Donors contributed close to $1,000 to Hand to Hold in this 24-hour fundraising effort!

Awesome Launch Party

Thanks, Austin Woman Magazine, Austin Man Magazine for naming Hand to Hold the beneficiary of its recent March Launch Party at Roger Beasley Mazda!

Austin Woman and Austin Man Launch Party 

Thanks, Preemie Posse Volunteers and Runners

We are grateful to the volunteers who helped us on a chilly February morning to host our waterstop along the 5K portion of the Austin Marathon! Thanks also go to our Team Preemie Posse runners: Rhea Fryar, Kerri McLaughlin, and April Shirley.

 Tau Beta Sigma with Hand to Hold at the Austin Marathon 2013 

Thanks to Our Superior Strength Preemie Power Sponsors!


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Preemie Power Super Heroes

Miracle TwinsMeet Aiden and Ethan, 2012 contest finalists, who were born at 24 weeks. Mom writes, "My twins ... were given a 5% chance of surviving and being healthy – and after 6 months in the NICU, 3 years in isolation, numerous surgeries and hospitalization, and years of therapy – I’m so happy to say that they’re doing amazingly well and just started kindergarten." Be inspired by more Preemie Power Super Heroes and join our Preemie Power facebook community.

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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. 

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