It's a well known fact that reading to children is incredibly beneficial. But did you know that reading to premature babies can actually aid in their brain development? Research shows that reading to premature infants advances brain development, language skills, vocabulary, listening and memory skills.
The St. Vincent Healthcare Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) takes a full-spectrum approach to caring for their tiniest patients -- focusing on the whole person and the whole family. To help their patients and NICU families thrive, the St. Vincent Healthcare NICU promotes reading to help aid in the brain development of their patients. Reading time also encourages bonding between parents and their newborn -- while reducing some of the stress of being in the NICU.
The St. Vincent NICU offers its very own NICU library to their patients and the team at St. Vincent is winding down from it’s first ever read-a-thon -- a friendly reading competition between NICUs throughout the nation.
Click below to watch the local media coverage from St. Vincent’s participation in the national read-a-thon and learn how one family in our NICU is actively reading to their twins.
Click here to learn more about the Babies with Books read-a-thon.