About Kelli Kelley

FOUNDER AND CEO

Hand to Hold

Kelli D. Kelley is the Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and bereaved families. 

A NICU graduate parent who suffered from psychosocial issues for years after her children’s early births, she now invests her time and talents to raise awareness about the high incidence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among these parents and the long-term implications for the baby and family.

Videos

Podcasts

Kelli serves as host of Hand to Hold’s podcast series NICU Now, NICU Heroes, and NICU Love & Loss

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Mrs. Kelley’s delivery is emotive, moving and passionate. The audience is drawn in. She interacts with the audience and guides them as they consider their own roles and interactions with mothers and challenged infants. Her presentations are both instructive and entertaining.

Bradley P. Fuhrman, MD /  Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

TOPICS

Perinatal Mental Health (PPD, PTSD, ASD, etc)

Family-Centered Care: Aspects That Were Missing

How to Foster Positive Relationships with NICU Doctors and Nurses

Peer to Peer Support

Improving Communication in the NICU

PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

National Association of Neonatal Nurses 34th Annual Educational Conference, Anaheim, CA. “How to Communicate and Support Parents More Effectively in the NICU”

20th Annual NICU Leadership Forum. “The Importance of Family-Friendly Support in the NICU”

13th Annual Neonatal Nursing Symposium at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Keynote Speaker

National Coalition of Infant Health’s Infant Health Policy Summit. “PPD & PTSD: Impact Of The NICU On Parents, Families, And Staff”

National Association of Neonatal Nurses 32nd Annual Educational Conference, Palm Springs, CA. “Developmental Diaper Care in the NICU.”

National Association of Neonatal Nurses 31st Annual Educational Conference, Dallas, TX, Keynote Speaker

St. David’s Woman’s Center of Austin Presenter. “Developing Practice Strategies to Maximize Maternal & Fetal Outcomes”

National Association for Neonatal Therapists. “A Professional’s Guide to the NICU Parent”

Texas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Ft. Worth, Texas. “The Emotional Impact of a NICU Stay: Promoting Positive Coping and Parenting Skills Among NICU Families”

NICU Leadership Forum, Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Meeting the Needs of NICU Families to Ensure Best Outcomes for NICU Babies and Those that Love Them.”

Pediatric Grand Rounds, El Paso Children’s Hospital/Tech University Health Sciences Center. “A Parent’s Perspective: The Emotional Impact of Preterm Birth”

Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, Family Involvement Team Webinar. “The Emotional Impact of a NICU Stay: Promoting Positive Coping and Parenting Skills Among NICU Families.”

Texas Pediatric Society Annual Meeting, Ft. Worth, TX. “Meeting the Needs of NICU Families to Ensure Best Outcomes for NICU Babies and Those that Love Them.”

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