Comfort and community for NICU families

Saul’s Light is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that provides support and community to families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The emotional and financial toll of a NICU experience can affect families for a lifetime.

Even a brief stay in the NICU can be devastating for parents and their families, both emotionally and financially. Many experience long-term psychological stress and struggle to cover the costs, from expensive medical care to loss of work, travel, meals, and childcare.

13.2 days

The average length of stay for a baby admitted to the NICU


The average cost of a NICU admission


Percentage of NICU parents at risk for post-traumatic-stress symptoms

Sources: The March of Dimes, Stanford University

Is Your Child in the NICU?

What Saul’s Light provides

NICU Support

Financial donations and emotional tools to help ease the burden

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Bereavement Support

Tools to help parents say goodbye, honor their baby’s memory, and grieve

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Connections to community

Events, yoga classes, and a Facebook group to help parents connect with others and find support

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Stories from Families

News & Events

6 Sep 2019

Kick Off Event at the New Orleans Children's Museum

On September 27, 2019, Executive Director Kimberly Novod spoke about Saul's Light at the Kick Off Event at the New Orleans Children's Museum.

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6 Sep 2019

The City of New Orleans Officially Recognizes NICU Awareness Month

On September 5, 2019, the New Orleans City Council issued a resolution in honor of Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness (NIA) Month. Executive Director Kimberly Novod was one of the featured speakers, and the Council issued a proclamation recognizing her work on behalf of NICU and bereaved families.

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28 Aug 2019

4th Trimester Bodies Project Photoshoot and Storytelling

Saul's Light partnered with 4th Trimester Bodies Project for a photoshoot and storytelling on October 26, 2019

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Our Partners


  • Children's Hospital
  • East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Touro Infirmary

Service Providers

  • Kingsley House
  • KVR Photography
  • Freret Street Yoga
  • Mindful Psychiatry
  • NICU Helping Hands – The Angel Gowns Program
  • Nurse Nikki
  • New Orleans Breastfeeding Center

About Saul’s Light

Saul’s Light was founded in 2015 by Kimberly and Aaron Novod after the passing of their son, Saul, in a New Orleans NICU. Today, we partner with hospitals, local organizations, and healthcare professionals to provide resources and support so that no parent endures the NICU experience alone.

We dream of a world where every baby is born strong and healthy. But the next best thing is to help NICU parents get the necessary resources and emotional support they need in their time of crisis, and beyond. Your support helps us support NICU families in our community every day.