Do nurseries still have "baby rockers"?

  1. Maybe this is a silly question but do hospitals still have nursery volunteers ie: baby rockers? I haven't got to OB in school yet so I'm not familiar with the policies...I wasn't sure if they still existed due to security issues, but I figured I'd run it by you guys before I inquire with the hospital so I'm not mistaken for a potential baby abductor, lol!! It's just something I'd really enjoy doing right now, anyway thanks for any info!
    Last edit by Lausana on Apr 2, '02
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   prmenrs
    Our hospital has a "cuddler" program: volunteers who come into NICU to hold and comfort sick, but recovering, patients. They are screened, get oriented; they also have to wait a LOOONNNG time for there to be a "slot" open. It's a very popular program! They come for 2-4 hours/week; they can hold, feed, change babies as long as they are comfortable and the RN responsible for the baby is comfortable w/them doing stuff. Needless to say, an RN is always present to supervise.

    You could call area hospital volunteer offices to see if they have such a program. We actually hired a new grad who started out as a cuddler!!
  4. by   shay
    Ditto prmenrs' response.

    BTW, prmenrs, I looooooooove your quote!!! So true, so true!!
  5. by   Lausana
    Thanks guys! That sounds perfect, I'll have to check into that!