30 episodes

Having a baby is life-changing. Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is life-altering. But as a parent, you do not have to do it alone. Whether your baby is premature, has special needs, or you are grieving a loss, Hand to Hold provides whole-family support to get you through this challenging time.

Hand to Hold’s NICU Now Audio Support Series is a support-based podcast aimed to eliminate the many physical and emotional barriers NICU parents face in accessing and receiving support, allowing them to listen as they commute to and from the hospital as well as at their baby’s bedside. NICU Now is unlike any other podcast because it tackles tough subjects with compassion and experience, including guilt, grief and information to help parents care for their premature babies.

Hand to Hold wants to ensure that every NICU and bereaved parent who needs support can simply plug in their earbuds and push play.

Episodes will eventually be available in Spanish.

NICU Now Audio Support Series Hand to Hold

    • Mental Health
    • 4.5, 20 Ratings

Having a baby is life-changing. Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is life-altering. But as a parent, you do not have to do it alone. Whether your baby is premature, has special needs, or you are grieving a loss, Hand to Hold provides whole-family support to get you through this challenging time.

Hand to Hold’s NICU Now Audio Support Series is a support-based podcast aimed to eliminate the many physical and emotional barriers NICU parents face in accessing and receiving support, allowing them to listen as they commute to and from the hospital as well as at their baby’s bedside. NICU Now is unlike any other podcast because it tackles tough subjects with compassion and experience, including guilt, grief and information to help parents care for their premature babies.

Hand to Hold wants to ensure that every NICU and bereaved parent who needs support can simply plug in their earbuds and push play.

Episodes will eventually be available in Spanish.

    NICU Now Episode 29: Preemies and Diaper Dermatitis

    NICU Now Episode 29: Preemies and Diaper Dermatitis

    Kelli and Media discuss what diaper dermatitis is and how it affects premature babies. They talk about the best practices to prevent it, including feeding and diaper changes.  

    • 31 min
    NICU Now Episode 28: A Conversation with Sarah DiGregorio, Author of Early

    NICU Now Episode 28: A Conversation with Sarah DiGregorio, Author of Early

    Sarah speaks about her NICU journey with her daughter and how that led her to write Early. Kelli and Sarah talk about a NICU parent’s response to COVID-19.

    • 52 min
    NICU Now Episode 27: Processing Emotions During COVID-19

    NICU Now Episode 27: Processing Emotions During COVID-19

    Kelli and Lexi discuss the emotions most commonly experienced in the NICU and wow to process them in a healthy way. They also talk about PPD and its symptoms, and how the COVID-19 crisis can bring many of these emotions back to the forefront. 

    • 42 min
    NICU Now Episode 26: Milk is Medicine

    NICU Now Episode 26: Milk is Medicine

    Kelli and Melinda discuss the term "fetal development interrupted" and why nutrition so important for preemies. They talk about how milk can be medicine for newborn babies and how it can aid in a baby's developing gut.

    • 40 min
    NICU Now Episode 25: Back to Work

    NICU Now Episode 25: Back to Work

    Mia discusses her own NICU experience and her emotions when she eventually went back to work. She talks about how to be transparent at work and in the NICU and the importance of self-care. She also discusses how the NICU trains you to be an advocate and leader.

    • 40 min
    NICU Now Episode 24: The Risk of RSV

    NICU Now Episode 24: The Risk of RSV

    What is RSV? What are its symptoms and when should you take your child to the hospital? Can RSV be prevented?

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

NaeJean ,

Awesome content

As a new therapist in the NICU, I’ve been loving all the content available through this podcast. Covering both medicinal aspects and parent emotions this is an awesome podcast

Breezyborgs ,

A fantastic way to feel connected in a very isolating situation!

Being in the NICU is such a isolating, crazy-making place to be. This podcast helps to educate you about everything you will experience but, almost more importantly, reminds you that you are not alone. A must have for anyone going through this. This podcast was not around in 2011 when I was going through my NICU experience with my daughter, but I feel certain that it would have changed my life and ability to cope through that scary time in my life.

Deanna Fei ,

A godsend for preemie/NICU parents

So many preemie/NICU families suffer in silence and isolation, as I once did. This podcast helps parents -- esp moms -- acknowledge the deeply conflicted emotions that can be so overwhelming when a baby is born at the edge of life: fear, guilt, shame, powerlessness, failure. And in breaking down those walls of silence and isolation, I think this podcast will help thousands of families become empowered to advocate for their children in a society that often devalues their basic human worth. I'm honored for my own memoir, GIRL IN GLASS, to be featured in episode 2, but even more grateful that this podcast now exists for so many families like mine.

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