COVID Precautions Have Temporarily Suspended This Program
ICU baby believes that no baby should be alone in the NICU. The newborns at South Miami Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital receive exceptional medical care. However, for a variety of reasons, there are many NICU babies that are not visited by their family for days and sometimes weeks.
The ICU Read program brings pre-screened ICU baby volunteers in to the NICU to read to babies who are not visited often or may need extra stimulation and love. Research shows that early reading leads to improved language development in babies and ICU baby Readers provide a comforting voice to sooth the babies as they rest.
ICU baby Readers have been medically and security cleared by the hospital to enter the NICU and Readers consult with the nursing team as to which babies are able to be read to by them.
Two pertinent articles that address reading to babies include: Benefits of Reading to Your Newborn and Major Benefits of Reading Aloud to Infants.