How We Help
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
Research shows that 75% of parents who have a premature infant struggle with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (Bryant, 1999). Some studies suggest that this number is as high as 97% (Holditch-Davis, et al.). Additional research reveals that parents who participate in support group services are less likely to suffer from these disorders. Support services have also been proven to reduce the length of time an infant remains in the hospital (Mazurek Melnyk, et. al., 2006). While the high-tech nature of the NICU environment provides life-saving therapy for premature infants, support for families is often lacking. Holding Tiny Hands is committed to providing the support families so desperately need.
Tiny Treasure Gift Bags
Tiny Treasures Gift Bags serve as Holding Tiny Hands' introduction to parents. Bags contain items intended to provide comfort to parents and their little one(s) during their NICU stays. Bags also contain information on community resources available to help them care for their premature or chronically ill infant at home.
Meals for Moms & Dads
Meals for Moms & Dads are monthly meals provided in the hospital which
allow parents a break from the stresses of the NICU for a good meal and
fellowship with other parents, yet allow them to remain close to their baby.
Former NICU parents, along with their NICU graduates, are invited to the
meals to provide examples of encouragement, strength, and hope to current
NICU families. Grandparents are encouraged to attend. Older former preemies return to provide childcare for younger graduates and siblings. This allows parents the ability to focus on themselves and each other.
During a time when parents are at their
most vulnerable, parents assume their
role on the sidelines in the NICU, lost
in the myriad of tubes, wires, and alarms,
and relying on others to keep their baby
alive. Holding Tiny Hands is there to help
parents find their way. Through our
educational outreach, we provide an outlet for parents to share and learn from experts and one another. Education sessions for current and graduate parents provide a continuum of support that allows them the opportunity to gain the information needed to become the best advocates for their children. Our educational outreach is based on the following guiding principles of Holding Tiny Hands:
All parents play an essential role in the care and development of their premature or chronically ill infant
Parents in this critical environment need a strong support system
Critically ill infants need a strong advocate
All parents can be strong advocates for their child