As of 2/23 at 7am, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Maternity patients may have 2 support persons, 1 of which may be a doula. Per 2/15 update: In other cases (not including COVID patients) 1 visitor will be allowed per hospital stay, with no rotations allowed.Click to View Our Visitation Policy (.pdf)
The Cuddler Program
The Cuddler Program uses specifically trained volunteers to provide comfort measures to infants at risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) on our OB unit. NAS is a term used to identify babies born at risk for addiction to drugs and other substances used by the mother during pregnancy. These babies may have symptoms such as irritability, tremors, may feed poorly, and have a need to be held.
Better Beginnings for At-Risk Babies
American Heart Association CPR, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and RMC training/orientation are required. These trainings are held on weekdays during dayshift hours. Once you have completed these trainings you will spend one day on the unit with a Cuddler representative to be trained on unit specifics.
RMC OB Services is seeking applicants for our volunteer Cuddler Program.
To apply, contact RMC OB Services at 256-235-5132, ext. 3 or fill out the application below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high-school diploma. We request each Cuddler volunteer at minimum one 4-hour shift per week.
Interviews are typically held every 4-6 weeks. You will be contacted via email regarding interview sessions.
A background check, drug test and TB skin test is required before acceptance. After these tests are completed and accepted, you will be contacted about registration for CPR, NAS, and RMC training.
We do not have training on weekends or evenings at this time. You must attend these trainings and orientation before you begin.
If you have applied and feel that you cannot commit to training and volunteering, please notify email@example.com if you would like to withdraw your application. Applications will be held no longer than 90 days for applicants who have not scheduled an interview.