Sound, light, touch and handling are significant environmental factors that play a role in the development of NICU babies. Proper developmental care for these tiny babies can make a big difference. Studies have demonstrated that stress from the environment can prolong hospitalization and compromise outcomes in preterm babies who require intensive medical care. Additionally, undue stress can have long-term consequences on brain development and organization. At St. Luke’s, NICU care is provided by a skilled team of caregivers who offer an environment that is sensitive to the baby's sensory development for best outcomes.