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VolunteerTalk: Volunteer Cuddle Program in the OB

The CAHHS Volunteer Services Office received the following inquiry from Sarah Senestraro, Area Manager, Volunteer Services at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, California:

Submitted July 29, 2018:

We currently do not offer a cuddle program in our OB but want to explore the possibility of starting one. Can any of you with a successful program share your best practice findings and processes?

Thank you!

Sarah Senestraro
Area Manager, Volunteer Services
St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka/Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna
(707) 672-6768
sarah.senestraro@stjoe.org

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NICU Cuddler Program

We began our program by inviting the volunteers who already were in the NICU and the newborn NICU moms to become cuddlers. As it is very few moms followed through with their volunteer commitment. Therefore, now we require that any new cuddler volunteer must spend a minimum of 25 hours as a regular NICU volunteer before a decision is made by the staff to accept that volunteer as a cuddler. We did have one volunteer that the staff was not comfortable with as cuddler and therefore she did not want to remain at our facility. I'm happy to share our competency with you - but we are in the process of updating it now. Best of luck. Maria Strmsek, DVS Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital strmsekma@henrymayo.com or April Garcia, Volunteer Supervisor garciaap@henrymayo.com

Cuddler Program

We have a wonderful Cuddler Program but it is in our NICU. We have 3 hour shifts beginning at 6 a.m. through 9 p.m. every day. I am the Volunteer chair person and have been doing this since we began the program about 14-15 years ago. It has evolved over time and is one of the most popular programs at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. We cuddle, diaper, take temperatures, swaddle and help the medical staff with their needs. It wasn’t easy to start the program but now feel that we are an intergral part of the NICU. Mary Matson is our Volunteer Director, (310) 517-4752 Donna Cohen (310)908-1106 Volunteer, Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Cuddle A Reader Program

Mercy Medical Center Redding has a wonderful, successful program that is in, I think, it’s 4th year. The head of the program is Cathy Reisfelt and her email is creisfelt14@gmail.com. It was her idea, she went out and got backing and arranged for volunteers to work the hours needed. If you can’t get through to her, please feel free to call me: Shirley Martin @ 530-221-2001 and I can get you the info. In addition on October 12, the Mt. Shasta Area Council will be presenting an extensive program on Cuddle A Reader program presented by Fairchild Hospital in Yreka. We would be happy to send you an invitation if you’re interested. It will be held at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, part of a mostly all day seminar (9 - 2:30). Shirley Martin President, Mt. Shasta Area Council

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NICU Cuddler Program

We began our program by inviting the volunteers who already were in the NICU and the newborn NICU moms to become cuddlers. As it is very few moms followed through with their volunteer commitment. Therefore, now we require that any new cuddler volunteer must spend a minimum of 25 hours as a regular NICU volunteer before a decision is made by the staff to accept that volunteer as a cuddler. We did have one volunteer that the staff was not comfortable with as cuddler and therefore she did not want to remain at our facility. I'm happy to share our competency with you - but we are in the process of updating it now. Best of luck. Maria Strmsek, DVS Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital strmsekma@henrymayo.com or April Garcia, Volunteer Supervisor garciaap@henrymayo.com

Cuddler Program

We have a wonderful Cuddler Program but it is in our NICU. We have 3 hour shifts beginning at 6 a.m. through 9 p.m. every day. I am the Volunteer chair person and have been doing this since we began the program about 14-15 years ago. It has evolved over time and is one of the most popular programs at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. We cuddle, diaper, take temperatures, swaddle and help the medical staff with their needs. It wasn’t easy to start the program but now feel that we are an intergral part of the NICU. Mary Matson is our Volunteer Director, (310) 517-4752 Donna Cohen (310)908-1106 Volunteer, Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Cuddle A Reader Program

Mercy Medical Center Redding has a wonderful, successful program that is in, I think, it’s 4th year. The head of the program is Cathy Reisfelt and her email is creisfelt14@gmail.com. It was her idea, she went out and got backing and arranged for volunteers to work the hours needed. If you can’t get through to her, please feel free to call me: Shirley Martin @ 530-221-2001 and I can get you the info. In addition on October 12, the Mt. Shasta Area Council will be presenting an extensive program on Cuddle A Reader program presented by Fairchild Hospital in Yreka. We would be happy to send you an invitation if you’re interested. It will be held at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, part of a mostly all day seminar (9 - 2:30). Shirley Martin President, Mt. Shasta Area Council

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