Eskenazi Health is looking for Cuddle Buddies for babies babies in the Eskenazi Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The purpose of Cuddle Buddies is to aid infants in development. Being held is a natural, no-cost intervention that can help with pain management, better sleep, faster growth and shorter hospital stays. Volunteers rock, hold, sing to, talk to and be there to comfort babies in the NICU.
The volunteers do not replace parents. This service is offered when family members need to leave the hospital for work or other obligations.
Recruitment is underway for volunteers willing to commit to a long-term partnership and work one three-hour shift per week.
Some of the Cuddle Buddy requirements:
-Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
-Volunteers must be non-smokers
-Volunteers must complete the full volunteer onboarding process, which includes a health screening, a flu shot, e-learning modules and attend the NICU Cuddle Buddies orientation.
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