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

23 Aug 2021

Thank You for Joining Us For Our Inaugural NICU Health & Equity Summit

Thank you for joining us on September 23rd for our inaugural NICU Health & Equity Summit! The event focused on sharing the expertise of health care providers, the experience of community leaders, and amplifying the voices of NICU families..

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23 Aug 2021

Establishment of a Stillbirth Tax Credit

On June 30, 2021, Governor Edwards signed HB 146 into law as Act 467, which establishes an income tax credit following the delivery of a stillborn child!

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23 Aug 2021

Founder and Executive Director Kimberly Novod is Recognized as a Fearless Striver

Kimberly Novod was recently recognized as a Fearless Striver! The Fearless Strivers program was created by the Fearless Fund and Mastercard to recognize and provide support to organizations lead by Black women.

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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.