Helping Hands for Tiny Babies (Video)

Mightiest therapy also the gentlest

newborn with mom scented glove

In the world we live in, it is heartening to hear a story about people caring deeply for children –- especially tiny babies.

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Born two months premature, Emmelynn and Sabrina Marks may be spending the holidays in the NICU away from home, but they are receiving a gentle form of powerful therapy.

Their mother, Jennifer, and hospital staff work together to provide the twins with various forms of gentle touch, including a clever mom-scented, hand-shaped swaddler.

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Studies show that gentle touch lowers heart and respiratory rates and reduces stress — particularly important for premature babies who, on average, undergo many painful, necessary medical procedures each day.

Another form of therapy? Sisterly bonding, their mother says. When placed side by side, the babies also seem to comfort each other in their own way, she says.

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