Meet Kirstie! @Kirstie at Hand to Hold is one of our amazing Virtual Family Support Specialists, supporting NICU families virtually in one-on-one or in group settings. She leads some of our online support groups, and you can also find her right here in the Hand to Hold app! Kirstie experienced premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) early on in her pregnancy with her son. Considered a high-risk pregnancy, she remained on bedrest for 18 weeks (!!!) until her son was delivered at 33 weeks. He spent 47 days in the NICU. Kirstie understands how overwhelming a NICU stay can feel for families. She wants families to know they are not alone. Kirstie is a wonderful support for families with her empathy, compassion, and listening ear. ➡️ Kirstie’s advice for NICU parents: Give yourself grace. Remember that it is okay to feel sad, frustrated, and overwhelmed during this difficult time. It’s okay to celebrate the wins and good days too. Be kind to yourself and take a break from the NICU if you need it.

Posted by Leigh Ann at Hand to Hold at 2024-03-08 15:00:00 UTC