Lights of Hope charms visitors, while raising funds for ‘greatest needs’ at St. Paul’s Hospital

During the holiday season, a drive down Burrard Street to visit St. Paul’s Hospital’s dazzling Lights of Hope display is an annual tradition for many. What these visitors may not realize, however, is that the iconic display serves a critical purpose for the hospital’s patients, including newborn babies.

The importance of “skin-to-skin” contact in a newborn’s life is well documented: research shows that babies with this opportunity tend to cry less and have lower stress levels. They are also more likely to breastfeed sooner and build natural immunity by being exposed to germs on their mother’s skin.

But when a baby is born with jaundice and needs to receive light therapy in an incubator, these benefits are potentially lost.

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