Kelli Kelley, founder and executive director of Austin-based Hand to Hold, has been selected by Kimberly-Clark to serve as a member of its recently-launched Huggies Nursing Advisory Council. Hand to Hold is an organization that provides support for parents with children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Kelley was interviewed for Austin Family magazine in this article.
As a member of the advisory council, Kelley will provide insights on protecting newborns’ fragile skin and development, serve as the parent voice on the council and share information that will help nurses better understand their role in helping NICU parents become confident care givers.
“I am honored to serve on the Huggies Nursing Advisory Council,” says Kelley. “I was unable to hold and touch my one pound, eight ounce micro-preemie son for more than six weeks after he was born. Changing his diaper for the first time was a powerful, emotionally charged event. I was terrified I might hurt him, but his nurse lovingly and professionally coached me as we had to carefully maneuver multiple pieces of medical equipment and use extreme care with his delicate skin. I look forward my service on the council and working to help ensure medical professionals are well prepared to support and educate NICU parents to help them meet the needs of their medically fragile child.”