Babies who are born prematurely, have a serious health issue, or are suffering from some form of dependency like Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) will often spend considerable amounts of time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). During this time, they are often separated from their parents for a significant amount of time. Baby cuddlers are a group of volunteers who spend time holding babies in shifts throughout the day. These volunteers help babies in th NICU experience the physical contact and love that is needed during infancy.
In order to volunteer as a hospital baby cuddler you will need to research programs in your area, apply to volunteer, and complete all training courses.
Start by searching “volunteer baby cuddler programs in (blank) county”
You can also contact your local hospital and ask if they accept baby cuddler volunteers. Most hospitals will indicate on their website which volunteer positions need to be filled. If baby cuddler is not listed, you can email the volunteer coordinator to find out if they are accepting applications for that position.
Most hospitals will include a list of requirements. You may need to complete a background check or annual flu shot. Visit the resources listed below for more information.