That's why Raleigh's UNC Rex NICU is looking for volunteer cuddlers.
Cuddlers are an essential part of hospital care. Cuddling is not only important to help newborns overcome the obstacles they face, but also to their parents and their own recovery.
with volunteer cuddlers. "Knowing that he is in good hands was a great comfort."
Volunteer Kelli Ready is currently one of 10 trusted cuddlers. "It's exciting for me to come and cuddle babies." While ready babies cuddle like the two-week Kamani, mother Cecelia Williams can cuddle up to Kamani's twin brother Kamari.
"I feel like I've done something great for the babies to hopefully relieve their stress and improve their day," Ready said.
Cuddlers like Ready have improved the care of patients and their families at UNC-Rex, the hospital says. A little more than a year ago, a voluntary cuddler test program was launched, and hopes it will be expanded as a result of its success.
Several hospitals across the country have similar programs.