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Hand to Hold


To provide comprehensive navigation resources and support for parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those that experience a loss due to these or other complications.

Hand to Hold blogHistory

Hand to Hold was founded by Kelli Kelley following the pre-term birth of her children. The program was piloted in Austin, Texas, and now serves thousands of families across the country.

Q: Who does Hand to Hold serve?

A: Any parent who had a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or experienced a loss due to prematurity or a special health care need.

Q: What is the organization’s proudest accomplishment?

A: The development of a comprehensive online resource library for use by NICU staff to ensure parents receive accurate and emotionally sensitive information and ongoing education during their NICU stay.

Q: What is your greatest need?

A: NICU graduate parents to serve as peer mentors to new NICU parents by phone or e-mail. Training is provided. We currently have about 75 days left in our For the Love of Babies campaign, a 100 day national fundraising and awareness campaign. Our goal is to increase the availability of educational materials in the NICU, expand online education for NICU families and enhance our national peer-to-peer support program.

Q: What are Hand to Hold’s plans for the future?

A: Through our National Ambassador Program, Hand to Hold is expanding our support to NICUs across the country.

Q: What is Hand to Hold most excited about on Valentine’s Day?

Today we launch of our new NICU Resource Library for NICUs. The person who raises the most money on Thursday, February 14th will win an Amazon gift card valued at $50! Parents have made an impact by getting their personal fundraising pages set up. They’ve been sending out requests to ask everyone they know to donate in honor or memory of their child for Valentine’s Day.

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