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Hand to Hold launches counseling program for parents after baby’s NICU stay

Nicole Villalpando
nvillalpando@statesman.com
Santa Claus visits with Alexandria Sanders and David Ruiz and their twins, Jonathan and Julian Ruiz in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. David's Medical Center in 2016. Now Hand to Hold is offering counseling for mothers and couples of color in a pilot program.

Austin-based nonprofit Hand to Hold, which helps families who have a child in the neonatal intensive care unit or have lost a infant, is offering a new service to parents going through this.

Through a grant from St. David’s Foundation, Hand to Hold is piloting a counseling program for up to 20 mothers or couples of color who have children younger than 3 who have graduated from a NICU.

Hand to Hold’s licensed therapist will offer 10 to 12 weeks of free one-hour counseling to these families.

Sign up at handtohold.org.

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