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About Kimberly Novod

Founder/Executive Director

Saul’s Light Foundation

Kimberly Novod is the founder and executive director of Saul’s Light Foundation, a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the unique social-emotional needs of Louisiana’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and bereaved families.

As an equitable healthcare advocate and birth doula, Kimberly is most passionate about maternal mental health issues, prematurity, and infant loss in the Black community. After experiencing all three, she knows that the most impactful thing we can do after a loss is to lead a meaningful life. Kimberly received a master’s degree from Troy University and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Books & Publications

Lessons Learned from a NICU Mom

Kimberly Novod, NICU mom and Founder and Executive Director of Saul’s Light, shares her lessons learned on ways to combat the anxiety that comes along with an unexpected NICU journey.

Videos & Interviews

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You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.

– Kimberly Novod


  • BIDMC/Harvard Newborn Health Services and Epidemiology Seminar, December 16, 2021, “Parent Advocacy and Health Equity,”
  • Prioritizing Policy & Philanthropy, December 6, 2021, “How Investing in Maternal and Child Health Strengthens Louisiana Families.”
  • Hot Topics in Neonatology Conference, December 6, 2021, “Community-based Advocacy and Partnerships”
  • Carousel Care Virtual Event: Special Considerations for the Prenatal Consult including Disparities, Barriers and Care Strategies, December 1, 2021, “Moving Forward: Living After NICU Loss.”
  • Milk Banks: Community Generosity Saves Lives, November 18, 2021, “Milk Bank gives premature infants a fighting chance.”
  • Prematurity Awareness Community Panel, November 17, 2021, “Impacts of Prematurity on Early Learning.”
  • NeoQIC Family Engagement Collaborative Virtual Fall Conference, November 2-3, 2021, “Engaging Families,” “Embracing Empathy and Equity as a Way of Life.”
  • Greater New Orleans Foundation Community Panel, October 27, 2021, “Birthing and Beyond During Covid-19.”
  • NICU Health and Equity Summit, September 23, 2021, “NICU Health and Equity.”
  • NEC Society, August 20, 2021, “Advancing Equity.”
  • Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, July 28, 2021, “The impact of parental grief on African American communities.”

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you again for speaking yesterday at our conference. Your message is so important and relevant to our practice. As I mentioned, the level of engagement was unparalleled and we are so fortunate that you spent some of your precious time with us. I really appreciate you sharing your experience with us so that we can learn and identify ways to improve. I know that I will be using your “3 E’s” framework in my practice in the NICU.

– Genevieve G. Guyol MD
Clinical Fellow, Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program


I just wanted to send a special thank you for your role in our Family Engagement fall summit the last 2 days! The work you are doing is really incredible and the neonatal community is lucky to have your spirit, drive, and passion for this work. I learned a lot and definitely got a lot of ideas about how best we can move forward as a state in our work!

– Dr. Margaret Parker
Margaret Parker, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and a clinical neonatologist, health services researcher, and Newborn Research Director at Boston Medical Center.


Kimberly – I am always in awe when I hear you speak. Your ability to summarize and tie the conversation back to the overall theme in a meaningful way is beyond impressive. Your honesty and willingness to be vulnerable makes it so easy to relate to. I know that comes through even over the computer screen, and I am confident those watching last night and those who see the recording will be able to benefit from this.

– Dr. Julie Gallois is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at LSU Health Sciences Center and has been a neonatologist at Children’s Hospital since 2019.

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