The power of touch
Backed by research, we know that human touch helps babies' brains develop, helps them to gain weight faster and go home sooner.
We know that a parent's touch is the best, but sometimes a baby's NICU stay is long. Sometimes parents need to be away from their baby. During this time, they can take comfort knowing that their baby will still receive loving touch from our NICU cuddlers.
These volunteers have been hand chosen and have gone through hospital, classroom and bedside training to become a cuddler. Our cuddlers follow the same infection control and confidentiality policies as the rest of the NICU team, and partner with our nurses to provide the best care to our smallest patients.
Read more about our volunteer cuddler program at wcfcourier.com: Allen Hospital NICU Cuddlers help babies, staff
To become an Allen Hospital volunteer, visit unitypoint.org/volunteer or call (319) 235-3692.