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Kristin Armstrong brings laughter, inspiration to first Baby Shower benefiting Hand to Hold
PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Peary
A beloved tradition, the baby shower celebrates the pending arrival of a new family member, but sometimes the arrival is too soon. For parents whose babies are born into neonatal intensive care (NICU) with critical and special needs, their expectant joy is lost amid the anxiety, fear and stress of being a NICU parent. To honor all the families who have experienced life in neonatal intensive care and to provide new support and programs for families there today, Hand to Hold and its volunteers will hosted its first Baby Shower – Expecting a Bright Future for NICU Families. Guests enjoyed Baby Shower games with a twist as attendees competed to win fun prizes such as jewelry, spa treatments and fine dining gift certificates, all in the pastoral setting of the Austin Country Club on Lake Austin. One of Austin’s most admired runners, writers and a mother of three, Kristin Armstrong spoke about cultivating faith, hope and strength to sustain our families in challenging times.
The event was created by a committee of 24 Austin volunteers led by Jackie Price, Chair, and honorary chairs Carla McDonald, Melinda Garvey, and Meredith Bagan with Hand to Hold Founder and Executive Director Kelli Kelley.
There are 52 premature births each week in the Greater Austin Area – Travis, Williamson, Hays Counties (Texas Department of State Health Services, 2010). Five percent (5%) of all Texas babies are born with one of more birth defect (Texas Birth Defects Registry).
About Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold, a nonprofit organization serving NICU families nationwide, provides comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications. Hand to Hold’s core service is matching experienced peer mentors with new parents who have had a child in the NICU to offer support and equipping parents with education they need to care for their baby, family and themselves. Hand to Hold was the 2012 recipient of the Becky Hatfield Family Support Award, given by the National Perinatal Association. All services are offered without charge. For more information, visit www.handtohold.org or call toll-free 855-H2H-NICU.
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