Thousands of newborns are sent to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) every day. At Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, La., volunteers from the Komfort Krewe program donate their time to hold the babies and give them the warm touch and embrace they need to survive. “When they hold the babies, babies sleep deeper,” said MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist, Dr. Amy Zeringue. “When they’re awake and alert, they’re actually calmer, and that helps the babies to allow all their calories to go to growth and development and increases their social development. And it also allows our nurses to have more time to be able to do the medical care,” Zeringue said.

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