Baby cuddlers: Infants benefit -- but...

Baby cuddlers: Infants benefit -- but so do hospital volunteers

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 13, 2009, titled Baby cuddlers: Infants benefit -- but so do hospital volunteers. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Holding a baby barely larger than her hand, Barbara Whitfield coos to the infant, his translucent eyelids fluttering slightly before surrendering to sleep.

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Lois

Homewood, IL

#1 Jul 13, 2009
Thanks for a reprieve from dead bodies.
Hmmm

Cary, IL

#2 Jul 14, 2009
I do hope they instruct the volunteers not to wear perfumes or use scented soaps or deoderants.

Since: Apr 09

Addison, IL

#3 Jul 14, 2009
Hmmm wrote:
I do hope they instruct the volunteers not to wear perfumes or use scented soaps or deoderants.
I'm sure they are very specific on the do's and don't's...
Mrs Ben Linus

Wheaton, IL

#4 Jul 14, 2009
Its nice to read an uplifting story for a change. These volunteers make me believe there is hope for mankind
stone pony

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 14, 2009
Marist High School on the southwest side has been doing this at Little Company of Mary Hospital for years already as a part of their community service program. The toughest part is sitting in a very comfortable rocking chair with a sleeping baby and not falling asleep yourself.
Jimk

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 14, 2009
Hmmm wrote:
I do hope they instruct the volunteers not to wear perfumes or use scented soaps or deoderants.
No, they never thought of that. Geez.
Scott

Paso Robles, CA

#7 Jul 14, 2009
I know I'm in the minority, but something about this creeps me out.
kitty

New York, NY

#8 Jul 14, 2009
Scott wrote:
I know I'm in the minority, but something about this creeps me out.
Sigh.... There's always one killjoy in the bunch.
hmm

Buffalo Grove, IL

#9 Jul 14, 2009
Scott wrote:
I know I'm in the minority, but something about this creeps me out.
Volunteers cCaring for helpless babies "creeps you out"? I feel sorry for you.
japa

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Jul 14, 2009
I would love to do a job like this. But I have 3 kids myself. Thank God none ever had to be in an ICU but if they were I would be so happy for someone to come help out.

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Since: Jun 09

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 14, 2009
Hmmm wrote:
I do hope they instruct the volunteers not to wear perfumes or use scented soaps or deoderants.
Yes they do negative-Nancy...as a former volunteer baby cuddler I can tell you they do extensive background checks and volunteers submit to extensive training AND dos and donts.
Hmmm

Cary, IL

#12 Jul 14, 2009
-Ang- wrote:
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Yes they do negative-Nancy...as a former volunteer baby cuddler I can tell you they do extensive background checks and volunteers submit to extensive training AND dos and donts.
1. Not a negative-Nancy.
2. Glad that YOU obey them.
3. Have been in hospitals where one staff member wore such reeking after-shave people would not walk 10 feet behind him.
4. Glad your attitude can't rub off on to the kiddies.
sankar

Palatine, IL

#13 Jul 14, 2009
Wow. Cannot think of the hours spend with my little one when she was a wee little one.
or with my nieces and nephews.
Newser

Chicago, IL

#14 Jul 14, 2009
I know someone who did this at the Cradle -- the adoption agency in Evanston. She adored it. Babies born to teen moms, with drugs in their system and all kinds of circumstances, but all need cuddling. She called it the least judgmental place on earth.
Boy George

Springfield, IL

#15 Jul 14, 2009
I had a girlfriend that was getting ready to retire and wanted nothing more than to get into a program like this....it sounded so wonderful, the perfect thing for her. The two hospitals in our city of Springfield had no need for neonatal cuddlers, they said, as the parents are always on hand to do it. There simply was no demand for it......sad. It seems like the perfect volunteer opportunity for retirees. It's like the door had been slammed in her face.
Jen

Sun City Center, FL

#16 Jul 14, 2009
I would love to do it. But I just feel bad for the parent(s) who cannot be there for their babies. H*ll would freeze over before my baby would need a volunteer to hold him or her.
clover1az

Harrisburg, PA

#17 Jul 14, 2009
I would love to be able to do this. Except, every time I hold a newborn for the first time, I cry...It is a beautiful and peaceful moment.
TJS

Vernon Hills, IL

#18 Jul 14, 2009
Jen wrote:
I would love to do it. But I just feel bad for the parent(s) who cannot be there for their babies. H*ll would freeze over before my baby would need a volunteer to hold him or her.
I am a parent of 14 month old and feel the same.
clover1az

Harrisburg, PA

#19 Jul 14, 2009
Jen wrote:
I would love to do it. But I just feel bad for the parent(s) who cannot be there for their babies. H*ll would freeze over before my baby would need a volunteer to hold him or her.
Understood, but there are times when mommy and daddy need healing moments, too.
Winona

Palatine, IL

#20 Jul 14, 2009
Boy George wrote:
I had a girlfriend that was getting ready to retire and wanted nothing more than to get into a program like this....it sounded so wonderful, the perfect thing for her. The two hospitals in our city of Springfield had no need for neonatal cuddlers, they said, as the parents are always on hand to do it. There simply was no demand for it......sad. It seems like the perfect volunteer opportunity for retirees. It's like the door had been slammed in her face.
NICU parents can't be there all the time - as a former one myself, I was only there probably a total of 3-4 hours a day while my daughter was in the NICU; at the time, Rush-Copley didn't offer this (not sure if they do now), but I would've loved for someone to cuddle my Megan while I wasn't there. This sounds like a fantastic program, and I hope it gets more press and more willing volunteers and hospitals on board.

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