MORRIS PARK - Doctors at Montefiore Medical Center are enlisting medical students to help premature babies grow strong.

The hospital's neonatal intensive care unit facilitated a cuddling program with medical students in 2012 after finding that cuddling premature babies helps lower stress levels and encourage eating and sleeping.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine students can train to become certified cuddlers and hold the babies when the parents aren't able to be there.

Since the program has started, more than 30 babies have been wrapped in the arms of medical students.