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Tiny patients to benefit from a new reading program

It has shown to help parents feel closer to their baby and gain a sense of normalcy

It’s never too early to start enjoying books with your children and with that in mind, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Service of Pediatrics at the local hospital have launched an early childhood reading program designed to promote newborn bonding and development.

Dr. Cheryl Clayton says when parents read to their babies while in the NICU, it has shown to help parents feel closer to their baby and gain a sense of normalcy.

“Reading, talking and singing to your new baby right from the start promotes early language and literacy development,” explains Dr. Clayton.

Now families and caregivers visiting the NICU will have an opportunity to select a book from the lending library to read to their newborns. 

“This staff-led initiative is part of a new 'Learn, Laugh, Love and Read with Me' program, which encourages early communication between parent and newborn,” Dr. Clayton says. “Having a library for our littlest patients and their families will be a great addition to our NICU.”

This program was made possible by support from staff in the NICU, the Service of Pediatrics and community partners.

“We are very thankful for the generosity of staff, the Knights of Columbus and Eh Vee Designs for their donation of time and resources,” Dr. Clayton says.

 If you are interested in supporting the lending library, visit the Indigo FUNdraising page. Proceeds from purchases made online go directly to support the Learn, Laugh, Love and Read with Me program.