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.
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
Financial donations and emotional tools to help ease the burden
Tools to help parents say goodbye, honor their baby’s memory, and grieve
Connections to community
Events, yoga classes, and a Facebook group to help parents connect with others and find support
Stories from Families
Parent on the Yoga Workshops
“Thank you for hosting such a wonderful workshop. It was really helpful to me to be around other mamas."
– M.B., yoga workshop attendee
Yoga Workshop Attendee
“Thanks so much for inviting me to healing yoga. I found it to be very relaxing and restorative."
– K. H., Yoga Workshop Attendee
Parent on the NICU Fund
I just wanted to thank you for your support while my daughter, Madison, was in the East Jefferson NICU.
– D.B., NICU fund recipient
News & Events
6 Sep 2019
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.
6 Sep 2019
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.
28 Aug 2019
On December 14, 2019, we will be holding a free yoga and mindfulness workshop for bereaved mothers.
- Children's Hospital
- East Jefferson General Hospital
- Touro Infirmary
- 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.