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Bob Selby

"For most of my life I've striven to try to forget past tragedies, life changing events that didn't turn out the way I had planned. The NICU experience is different."

Bob Selby

Executive Director of Holding Tiny Hands Foundation

Bob is a 2-time NICU Dad from Ames, Iowa. His son, Jack, was born in 2006 at 25 weeks and weighed 1 lb. 11 oz, spending 84 days in the Mercy NICU in Des Moines, Iowa. Thomas, born in 2009 at 28 weeks, weighed 2.0 lb. 1oz, and stayed 120 days in the Mercy NICU. As a semi-retired, stay-at-home dad, Bob is grateful to have his hands full with two healthy boys. Bob also has three grown children and four grandchildren. In 2010, Bob and his wife Susan founded “Holding Tiny Hands”, a non-profit foundation serving NICU families throughout Iowa. Bob is the foundation’s Executive Director. When Bob is not spending time at home with his family, he is an instructor of Criminal Justice at Des Moines Area Community College.

Speaking FAQS

  • Being a Dad in the NICU
  • Developmental Care: how it helped
  • Family Centered Care: how it Helped
  • Family Centered Care: aspects that were missing
  • Interaction with a doctor that could have been better
  • Life after the NICU: maximizing your Early Intervention experience
  • Life after the NICU: transitioning to the school years
  • Life after the NICU: caring for a special needs child
  • NICU Experience
  • Positive interaction with a social worker
  • Positive interaction with a nurse
  • Positive interaction with a doctor
  • Prematurity
  • Rehospitalization after NICU discharge – first year post discharge

Ames, Iowa

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  • Bob has given over 200 presentations a year for 7 years (1995 – 2002) to various groups ranging in size from a handful to over 3000 attendees. Topics varied from Public Safety issues to reports to City Councils and School Boards to raising public awareness for Special Olympics.
  • Taught Constitutional Law and Penology at the Des Moines Area Community College (2009) and was a guest lecturer on several occasions at Iowa State University.

Audio/Video of Previous Speaking Engagements

Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents

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