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Announcing the NICU Love & Loss Podcast

There were many times throughout my son’s NICU stay when I did not know if he would survive. Although I experienced tremendous anticipatory grief given his chance for survival, I cannot fully understand the heartache of losing a baby. Through my work as the founder of Hand to Hold, I have been honored and my life has been truly blessed through the friendships I have made with those who understand the pain of losing a baby.

Hand to Hold’s new podcast, NICU Love & Loss, was created to honor the memory of Zoe Rose, the daughter of one of my closest friends, Keira Sorrells, founder and president of the Preemie Parent Alliance.

Keira graciously joined me as co-host of this podcast series that features conversations with parents who have experienced the loss of a baby. As a bereaved mother and leader in NICU family support, she was the ideal co-host for this emotional podcast. The discussions include stories of loss as a result of stillbirth, genetic disorders and complications related to prematurity. Through these meaningful conversations with parents as well as perinatal grief and loss experts, we examine the many stages and facets of grief and share how each guest has harnessed their pain to help other families. Keira and I, along with our guests, poured our hearts into these episodes. Many intimate stories were shared, and many tears were shed during the recording process.

While I am proud of all the work that we do for families at Hand to Hold, this project is one that I am especially honored to be part of. Knowing and loving each family in the podcast that so bravely shares their story makes this experience even more meaningful.

It is our hope that this special podcast will help bereaved families across the country process their emotions, seek support and to always know they are not alone.

Thank you for your support,

Kelli Kelley

Listen to the all new NICU Love and Loss podcast.



Lauren Monroe Named First Ever Hand to Hold Family Support Champion

Hand to Hold has named Lauren Monroe of Lake Charles, LA, its first ever Family Support Champion.

For the past four years, Monroe has used her passion for fashion and her love of event planning to create Fashion Gives Back, a charity runway show that has become one of the most sought-after events in the Lake Charles area. We had a chance to chat with Monroe about Fashion Gives Back and her dedication to ensuring NICU and bereaved families have the support they need.

  Read more about Lauren Monroe and Fashion Gives Back.



New Podcast Episodes!

New NICU Now and NICU Heroes episodes are here! In September we released three brand new episodes on the bedrest experience: the challenges women face on bed rest, how they can care for themselves and how medical professionals can better support women on bed rest.

This month we also released four new episodes sponsored by Prolacta Bioscience, on the importance of milk fortification, understanding necrotizing enterocolitis and finding your voice and advocating for your NICU baby.

For our NICU nurses, listen to a new episode of NICU Heroes on the importance of developmental diapering. Each NICU Heroes episode is also worth one contact hour of nursing continuing education.

  Listen to new podcast episodes here.



Help a NICU Parent Today: Become a Volunteer Peer Mentor

You've been there. Now you can help.

Hand to Hold’s award-winning peer mentor program can connect people no matter the circumstances.

If you have been through a NICU experience or loss, then you have the power to help others.

  Find out how to become a peer mentor today.



Facebook Fundraisers: An Easy Way to Support Hand to Hold

The rise of peer-to-peer fundraising has made it easier than ever to give to - and raise money for - your favorite charitable causes. Now you can harness the power of your own social network with a Facebook fundraiser benefiting Hand to Hold.

Starting your fundraiser is a simple 3-step process, and Facebook will even give you tips to make your fundraiser a success.

  Ready to get started? Set up your Facebook fundraiser today!



Kelli Kelley Presented Founder's Award for Service

Kelli Kelley was awarded the Founder's Award for Service to the Preemie Parent Alliance, for her undeniable support and dedication to building and growing the PPA Network. Kelli and fellow honoree Kristy Love have served on the PPA leadership team, first convened in 2010, often putting aside the goals of their individual organizations to focus on the best strategies for the network as a whole.  Read more here.


From the Blog

What My NICU Milestone Beads Mean to Me. In the NICU, milestones have a very different meaning. Read about how families in the hospitals Hand to Hold serves mark their baby's special moments with our NICU Milestone Beads.

Becoming a NICU Mom Made Me a Better NICU Nurse. Delivering her daughter at 33 weeks 4 days helped Laura Guardia see her role as a NICU nurse from a very different perspective.

Coming Home During Flu & RSV Season. Becky O'Dell shares her experience bringing her respiratory-compromised micro preemie home from the NICU in the middle of flu and RSV season.

If I Could Tell a NICU Parent One Thing... We asked members of our online communities to share their advice for new NICU parents, and they came through with some great advice. Here are just a few of the highlights.



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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