Volunteers help premature babies with human touch

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) — There are few greater joys than having a baby and it can be extremely difficult to leave the newborn behind at the hospital to stay in intensive care.

When Chelsea Ellefson had her twins in April, she wasn’t ready for them to arrive.

“It was a panic at first,” said Ellefson.

She wasn’t due for another 14 weeks. Nora and Ellie have spent nearly three months in the NICU at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota, but mom and dad can’t stay with them all the time.

“It’s reassuring that I don’t have to be here 24/7. That they are getting loved on even when I’m not here,” said Ellefson.

Since Sanford started a new baby rocking program, all the…

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