Episode 28: Every Heart Has a Story: Understanding the Pediatric Heart
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1w ago
Guest: Daniel Penny, M.D., Ph.D., MHA Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, Texas Childrens Hospital In this episode: List at least one reason why neonates are more susceptible to congenital heart defects. Name two advancements in pediatric cardiac care in the last decade. Explain the most common symptoms of two of the three heart conditions: PDA, VSD or HLHS. CLAIM CEU Dr. Penny grew up in Cork where he obtained his medical degree and did his residency training in Dublin, working in several hospitals, including St. James Hospital, The National Children’s Hospital and The National Maternity Ho ..read more
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Hand to Hold Launches Season 6 of the NICU Babies, Parent Support Podcast
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by Leigh Ann Torres
2w ago
Season 6 of the NICU Babies, Parent Support podcast is here! This exciting new season will focus on life after a NICU admission, with honest and informative discussions about postpartum depression and anxiety, advocating for parental leave in your workplace, navigating all those medical bills, postpartum health, a dad’s perspective on life in and after the NICU, and finally, sex after the NICU. Yup, we’re talking about it. Season 6 kicks off with episode 94, featuring Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, board-certified OB/GYN and host of the All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast. Dr. Rankins sha ..read more
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Episode 94: Do I Have Postpartum Depression or Anxiety?
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by Leigh Ann Torres
3w ago
Guest: Nicole Rankins, MD, MPH Are you worried you might be suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety? Whether it’s been days, weeks or months since the birth of your baby, board-certified OB/Gyn Dr. Nicole Rankins shares what PPD and PPA are, common symptoms, treatment options and where to seek help. In this episode, we chat about: How prevalent is postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety in women, following birth? What are some warning signs and when should a woman seek professional help? Often, NICU moms and women of color are at a higher risk of PPD and PPA, however they of ..read more
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Episode 27: Preeclampsia: What You May Not Know
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1M ago
Guest: David Berry, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine In this episode: Name three signs of preeclampsia Explain what “new sire” syndrome means in relation to preeclampsia List two common clinical signs/symptoms of a baby in the NICU if his/her mom had preeclampsia CLAIM CEU About Dr. Berry: Dr. Berry is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine, a branch of obstetrics that manages and treats complicated and high-risk pregnancies. He is a native Texan and moved to Austin in 1978. He graduated from the University of Texas followed by his medical training in Galveston, Ft. Worth and Houston. He ..read more
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Episode 92: Season Finale – Looking to 2024!
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1M ago
2023 was filled with a plethora of amazing guests and topics. So many exciting things are in store for the podcast in 2024! In this episode, I share: Highlight some of our guests and topics. How listeners can share their feedback on next year’s seasons, by sending us a DM on social media or emailing us at podcast@handtohold.org Take a quick 30-seconds and review, rate and subscribe to our podcasts. It’s how more people find us. About Kathryn: Kathryn Whitaker is the author of Live Big, Love Bigger, an award-winning book about living an intentional life and how her NICU baby helped her ge ..read more
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Episode 91: New Tech for Babies
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1M ago
Guest: Katie Linendoll, Emmy Award-Winning Tech Expert Technology and gadgets, when used with purpose and discernment, can be a true aid to a NICU family’s life. In this episode Emmy-winning tech expert, Katie Linendoll, shares her go-to products for moms and NICU families, all at varying price points. APPLE SPOTIFY GOOGLE YOUTUBE In this episode, we chat about: How did you get interested in the field of technology and coding as a woman? What do you hope people take away by utilizing new gadgets or participating in new technology? Let’s chat about your best ideas for tech with n ..read more
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Episode 90: Chaplaincy and the NICU
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1M ago
Guest: J. S. Park, Chaplain, Author & Viral Blogger We all have preconceived ideas about what a hospital chaplain is, or isn’t. So, in this conversation with author and chaplain J.S. Park, we discuss how families might utilize their services, receive an advocate and find someone to hold space in a difficult moment.  In this episode, we chat about: What led you to pursue a career as a hospital chaplain? When we hear the word “chaplain” that may conjure up many things for many people. What’s your primary role as a hospital chaplain? Do chaplains go through training and if so, what ..read more
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Holidays in the NICU: Coping Strategies for NICU Parents
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by Lexi Losch
2M ago
The holidays are known for their joy, excitement, and nostalgia. The decor, music, and sights intend to amplify those feelings. However, the holidays aren’t always a time marked by warmth and feelings of love. Spending the holidays in the NICU can be difficult for many and can conjure up feelings of doubt, sadness, stress, and grief. You may also experience an increased sense of responsibility. Many times, the sense of obligation is an obligation to feel positive feelings and spend time with family; we’re exposed to a list of “supposed to’s.” What if you don’t want to? What if you can’t ..read more
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Supplementation While Breastfeeding
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by Leigh Ann Torres
3M ago
This article is sponsored by Neotech.  When it comes to your NICU baby’s feeding journey, there are many routes you can take. When you have a baby in the NICU, feeding can look very different. For parents who are experiencing breastfeeding difficulties in the NICU or at home, supplementation while breastfeeding can help. What is supplementation while breastfeeding? Supplementation while breastfeeding is a system that provides extra milk while the baby is breastfeeding. This extra milk feeds through a tube placed at the nipple, allowing the baby to take in milk from the breast and the su ..read more
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Prematurity Awareness Month: How to Get Involved
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by Leigh Ann Torres
3M ago
November marks Prematurity Awareness Month, an opportunity to reflect on the approximately 1 in 10 babies born preterm each year and what we can do to prevent it. This year, Hand to Hold is marking the occasion with our #TeenyPreemie campaign, an opportunity for families to share their story and fundraise to help us further our mission of ensuring every NICU family has a hand to hold in the NICU and in the days, weeks, months and years after. Common causes of preterm birth include multiple pregnancies, infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; however, often ..read more
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