March 15, 2014
Hospital volunteer Gertie Rogers, 84, places a newborn back into a bed in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday. Research shows that cuddling helps calm babies.
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Parents typically must consent for their babies to be part of cuddling programs, and cuddlers must undergo background checks and training before starting.
CHICAGO — A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machines. “OK,” she says, with a smile. “Baby time.”