NICU Now Audio Support Series
By Hand to Hold
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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.
||CleanNICU Now Episode 22: Finding Your Voice as a NICU Parent||Brandon and Jessica discuss having their daughter in the NICU and learning about the different nutritional options available. They advocated for a human milk fortifier for their daughter, using their network and own research.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 21: Advocating for NICU Babies and Families||Deb Discenza speaks about her NICU experience with her daughter and finding out her daughter was receiving a bovine-based fortifier in the NICU. She discusses how her NICU experience led her to start Preemie Magazine and Preemie World.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 20: Advancing Fortification for the Tiniest Babies||Kelli speaks with the CEO of Prolacta Bioscience, Scott Elster, about the process used by Prolacta and who the company serves. Scott speaks about the nutritional needs of NICU babies and explains where Prolacta obtains the milk it uses and how women...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 19: Understanding Necrotizing Entercolitis (NEC)||Dr. Mitch Goldstein explains what NEC is, who it typically affects, its symptoms, and treatment. He also discusses what parents should ask about their baby's nutrition in the NICU. Kelli then speaks to Stephanie Vaughan whose son contracted NEC while...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 18: Bed Rest with a High-Risk Pregnancy||Kelli and Jennifer discuss Jennifer’s high-risk fourth pregnancy with her daughter, Joy. Jennifer speaks about her experience on bed rest at home and at the hospital and how that led her to writing both of her books. She talks about the depression...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 17: Bed Rest with a Multiples Pregnancy||Kelli and Crystal discuss Crystal’s experience of giving birth to twins after being on bed rest. Crystal talks about how journaling and working with a musical therapist was helpful during her bed rest journey.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoNICU Now Episode 16: Bed Rest, The Basics||Kelli and Darline discuss Darline’s experience with bedrest during her first pregnancy and how that led her to founding Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond. Darline talks about common challenges women face on bed rest, helpful nutritional tips, and how...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 15: Life Transformations after the NICU: Part II||A discussion with Melissa Hinnant||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 14: Life Transformations after the NICU: Part I||Joining us is licensed family therapist Kara Whalin. Kara is uniquely qualified to address this issue because she knows the sorrow of the loss of a baby, the toll of a lengthy NICU stay and the joy of helping others who now walk in her shoes.||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 13: Love and Loss in the NICU||In this episode, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Kara Wahlin, mother of twin boys born at 26 weeks gestation, joins Hand to Hold for an intimate discussion about our worst fears, the loss of a child and how we find a way to cope and eventually...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 12: Home Sweet Home||A honest discussion about the emotional and physical challenges of caring for a medically fragile child at home||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 11: The Healing Power of Music in the NICU||A discussion with JJ Heller||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 10: Understanding Developmental Care in the NICU||A discussion with Sue Ludwig||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 9:The Father's Perspective||What New Dads Need to Know||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 8: The Girl Who Lived||A discussion with Author Tom French||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 7: Reading to Your Baby in the NICU||Across the country, NICUs are now encouraging parents to read to their babies as it serves as an important first step in bonding -- especially when parents are unable to hold their baby in the first days and weeks of life. In this episode,...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 6: Practicing Self Care in the NICU||While it is easy to focus all of our attention on our fragile baby, we will be unable to care for them if we do not first take care of ourselves. Guests include Renee Trudeau, author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal and Kelli Foulkrod,...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 5: Understanding Your Emotions in the NICU||A Discussion of Risk Factors and Warning Signs of PPD/Anxiety/PTSD||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 4: Finding Your Footing as Parents in the Zero Zone||Joining us to talk about finding your footing as parents in the Zero Zone is Kelley Benham French. Kelley is a professor of practice in journalism at Indiana University. A former reporter and editor for the Tampa Bay Times, she was a finalist for the...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 3: The Importance of Bonding with Your Medically Fragile Child||In this episode: Kelli discusses the difference between bonding with a newborn just after delivery and bonding with a medically fragile infant in the NICU. How bonding benefits both the baby and the parent. How parents who may be suffering from PPD...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 2: From Powerless to Empowered||Learning to Advocate for Your Baby in the NICU||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now Episode 1: You Are Not Alone||Coping with Guilt and Grief in the NICU||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNICU Now: Prologue||Welcome to NICU Now Audio Support Series||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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
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.
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.