Prematurity Awareness Month: How to Get Involved
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by Leigh Ann Torres
2w 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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Caring for Your Mental Health in the NICU
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by Lexi Losch
1M ago
Photo by Emily Ingalls Photography by Lexi Losch, MA, LPC, NCC Having a baby in the NICU can be a stressful time for the entire family. You may be experiencing many ups and downs as you navigate this new life. You may feel helpless because you can’t help your baby more and guilt because of blame turned inward. Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed; you’re juggling a return to work, caring for other children, transportation or finances. You may feel sad if you are unable to bring your baby home as planned. You may also feel happy because your baby is making progress and overcoming challenges. You ..read more
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Congratulations to our 2023 NICU Hero Award Winners!
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1M ago
We received more than 55 entries for the 2023 NICU Hero Award Contest, and we’re thrilled to announce our two winners in the NICU Hero category and the NICU Team category! The winners will be recognized in our 2023 NICU Mental Health Conference, happening November 1-2. Register today!  2023 NICU Hero Winner: Chelsea Samms, BSN, RN, CPST Chelsea Samms, BSN, RN, CPST, is a travel nurse who has had an impact on many families, including nominator Tamiya Griffin. “As an unplanned NICU mom, Chelsea supported my family and I along our journey,” says Tamiya. “The way she educated, listened, supp ..read more
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Did I leave the NICU with PTSD?
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by Leigh Ann Torres
1M ago
The NICU is a trauma-filled environment. Any time you or an extension of yourself experience a threat of danger, there is an opportunity to experience trauma. PTSD can present itself in or after the NICU. We spoke to Dr. Tiffany Gladdis, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Neonatology and the Medical Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Children’s Mercy Hospital, as well as an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, about the difference between anxiety and PTSD, symptoms of PTSD, treatments and more. In this post we talk about trauma and some of the tri ..read more
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Hand to Hold® to host National NICU Mental Health Conference to help improve the long-term outcomes of babies
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by Leigh Ann Torres
2M ago
Hand to Hold invites all NICU professionals and parents to attend the NICU Mental Health Conference during Prematurity Awareness Month AUSTIN – Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit that provides early intervention mental health support for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and bereaved parents will host its National NICU Mental Health Conference November 1 – November 2. This two-day conference for NICU parents and professionals will take place virtually during Prematurity Awareness Month to allow for equitable access. The NICU Mental Health Conference is the only conference bringing toge ..read more
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Announcing the 2023 National NICU Hero Contest
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by Leigh Ann Torres
2M ago
Hand to Hold’s NICU Hero Award Contest celebrates NICU professionals across the US during NICU Awareness month AUSTIN – Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit that provides early intervention mental health support for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) parents before, during and after a NICU stay, has announced its 2023 NICU Hero Contest. The 2nd annual contest opens at 9:00 a.m. (CST) on September 12, 2023 and closes on September 21, 2023 at 10:00 p.m. (CST). All NICU parents are welcome to nominate their NICU Hero and celebrate how they made a difference in their NICU journey. The contest is ..read more
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Black Breastfeeding Week: August 25-31
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by Leigh Ann Torres
3M ago
August 25-31 marks Black Breastfeeding Week, a week established to raise awareness of the gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. Recent CDC data show that 58.9% of black women have ever breastfed versus 75% of white women. Common breastfeeding challenges black moms face In a 2014 study on breastfeeding disparities impacting African American and Hispanic women, research revealed several challenges black moms face that lead them to give up breastfeeding, including: A lack of understanding of how much milk the baby needs Limited knowledge about the “supply and demand” concept of milk ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know About Human Donor Milk in the NICU
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by Leigh Ann Torres
3M ago
Human donor milk can be a life-saver for NICU babies. in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin Many NICU moms have had to rely on human donor milk for their babies in the NICU, for a variety of reasons. Those who donate milk give an incredible gift to those who, for one reason or another, may not be able to provide their own milk for their baby. We spoke to Cat Nunnery of Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin to learn more about donor milk, how it’s prescribed and why, and how moms can donate their own milk if they find themselves with a large supply they won’t use. Why would a NICU baby need donor ..read more
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Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant
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by Hand to Hold Staff
3M ago
Lactation consultants understand first-hand how crucial breastfeeding is to premature babies. They also know the challenges mothers face and how much support is needed during this time for both mom and baby. We interviewed Kay Needles, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NICU nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, to help identify some of the unique circumstances mothers of preemies might face.  What are some of the special considerations with NICU babies when it comes to breastfeeding? Premature infants need breast milk more than most. Because of their early births ..read more
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Meet the Professional: What Does a Lactation Consultant Do?
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by Hand to Hold Staff
4M ago
Many people assume that because breastfeeding is nature’s way of meeting our babies’ needs that nursing should come naturally. But many of us struggle to learn the carefully choreographed dance between mom and infant to make feeding successful! This is especially true if you and your baby end up in the NICU. Being born early or with special health needs means that a baby may not be quite ready to nurse. Mothers may find themselves trying to establish a healthy milk supply under very challenging conditions – and possibly weeks before expected. Kay Needles NICU parents know more than anyone e ..read more
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