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Compassionate Caregivers Change Lives

Come Celebrate for the Love of BabiesWith the ever changing healthcare landscape, it is often easy to get caught up in the challenges that plague the industry rather than focusing on the tremendous benefits and blessings made possible by the access we have to advanced medical care, including state of the art facilities, innovative treatment options, and compassionate care givers.

A few days after my son’s preterm birth at 24 weeks gestation, I lay in my hospital bed in the middle of the night crying uncontrollably. A lovely nurse came in to console me, and I remember telling her how much I missed my baby. She offered to take me to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to see Jackson; I struggled for the words to tell her that I missed him being inside of me. I physically ached for him in my belly. I felt very lonely and was so devastated by the hideous scar that now stared back at me when I looked at my swollen stomach. I felt I had been raped of my precious baby. She sat with me and held me and rocked with me and let me cry. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my NICU journey, and I remain indebted to that special angel to this day.

Hand to Hold’s For the Love of Babies Awards were created to recognize medical professionals like my compassionate nurse who deliver strong support and excellent medicine to Central Texas babies and their families. For the Love of Babies Awards are given annually to medical professionals who touch the lives of those who struggle with conception, complications during pregnancy, a neonatal intensive care unit stay or loss of a baby. Honorees represent the fields of fertility, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, mental health, and pediatric therapy. Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

We hope you will join Hand to Hold on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the For the Love of Babies Awards Breakfast held at the Austin Renaissance Hotel from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. as we honor:

Dr. Juan M. Guerrero, M.D. – Pediatrician
Sharon Jones, RN – NICU Nurse
Becky Roberson, BSN, RNC-NIC – Neonatal Case Manager
Dr. Peter Untalan, M.D. – Neonatologist

Congratulations to our 2015 winners. We look forward to honoring you for the profound difference you make each day in the lives of your patients and their families. Thank you for giving more than is required to ensure the best outcomes for NICU and bereaved families. 

Happy New Year,

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Kelli D. Kelley
Founder and Executive Director

Thanks for Supporting NICU & Bereaved Families

Hope Ignited by YouHand to Hold would like to recognize all donors who gave during our 2014 end-of-year campaign. Your gracious gifts will help us expand our programs in 2015 to provide support to even more families during and after a NICU stay or loss. Thank you!

Sarah Anderson
Eileen Bagan
Penelope Boehringer
Kay & Thomas Bonner
Melissa Brunton
Chris & Heidii Bugbee
Mimi Buzbee
Brad Cain
Karen Cais
Tina Celis
Dede Church
CoCANN Nurses/Kathi    Randall
Veronica Cogwin
Barbara Ann Dielmann
Deb Discenza
Dr. Juan Guerrero
Sherry Hatcher
Marjorie Heaton
Christi Hensley
Elaine Hitzfelder
Dolores W. Irvin
Joyce Jackson
  Lisa Jackson
John Johnson
Sherry Keller
Mike & Kelli Kelley
Katie Kirkpatrick
Lois Paul and Partners
David Miller
Emily Mims
Neotech Products
Pete Otero
Dorothy Pacitti
D. Douglas Price
Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy
Judith Reed
Shield HealthCare
Janice Smith
Katie Thomas
Sharon Wilson
Dr. Lee Woodward
Trent York
Katie Young

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Living with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

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NICU Grand Prize Giveaway Launches

Miles in the NICU eyes openHand to Hold is pleased to announce its 2015 NICU Grand Prize Giveaway! This contest gives your family a chance to partner with Hand to Hold to share your story and deliver more education and support to NICU and bereaved families.

The top fundraiser in the contest, which ends March 27, 2015 at 5p.m. CT, will win a prize package worth $5,000 to be gifted to your favorite NICU. Sign up today!

Team Hand to Hold Runners Gearing Up

Katie JoOur thanks go to the runners and walkers who are participating in this year's Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and Paramount 5K on February 15, 2015. We also need help staffing a waterstop that morning. Want to volunteer? For more information, contact Matthew McElhaney.

Coming Up

March 1 - NICU Heroes Awards Nominations Open
March 5 - Amplify Austin

April 25 - Listen to Your Mother Show benefits Hand to Hold

Become a Helping Hand Peer Mentor

Mom holding a preemieVolunteer to support a family like yours. Become a Helping Hand peer mentor and use your experience to help a fellow NICU parent. Sign up for our online training and our Family Support Navigators will guide you through the process.

Thanks for Your Support

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For Healthcare Providers

MilesHand to Hold offers resources exclusively for NICU health professionals. These include a selection of brochures, posters and postcards. Hand to Hold also offers its NICU Resource Library, a collection of educational materials available by subscription for NICU families in English and Spanish. Endorsed by the National Perinatal Association, these materials complement Family-Centered Care practices. Watch for our new online store, which is coming soon!

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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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