Jane Bassawitz,
Cuddler Volunteer
"Helping in a meaningful way to meet the needs of the babies and their families as well as the NICU staff are my reasons for wanting to volunteer. Cuddling these precious little ones brings me complete joy, peace and satisfaction."

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Cuddler Program (Currently Full)

Cuddler Volunteer, Ilene Adams, holding baby Nova.

Leave a big impact on a little patient.

NYM Cuddlers have a special place in their hearts for newborns needing some extra TLC. As a volunteer Cuddler, you can hold, swaddle and comfort infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), supplementing the visits of parents and staff. Under the guidance of medical staff members, you will learn how to calm fussy babies, thereby reducing their stress and helping to clear their path to recovery. Research has shown that the care that Cuddlers give to babies helps lead to shorter hospital stays, quicker weight gain and improvement in development. NYM is one of the few hospitals in the country to offer the program.

We would love to hear from you if you are: calm, patient, nurturing, responsible, reliable, comfortable around babies, able to be present in an intensive care environment

Minimum Commitment: One two-hour shift per week for six months

Times: Seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.