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Volunteering to Help Premature Babies

By: Leigh Sexton - Updated: 25 Apr 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Volunteering Craft Premature Babies

The life of a premature baby is fragile and stressed, and the family of such a baby are likely to also be extremely stressed and anxious. Physically, mentally and emotionally, the tiny babies and those who love them need all the help they can get. Fortunately there are a whole host of ways that you can volunteer to help.

Craft Volunteering

A large number of UK charities and organisations offer the opportunity to sew, knit or crochet clothing and other items needed to care for premie babies. Items needed range from premature clothes and blankets through to tiny burial outfits to give those little ones who don’t survive a suitable and loving garment in which to be seen for the last time by their grieving relatives.

The items are made for the charity and then collected to be laundered so that they are free of all infection and irritation before being taken to special care baby units.

This opportunity requires you to have the necessary craft skills, to be able to work to a pattern and to either take your items to a depot or post them to an agreed address for onward transmission.

Courier Volunteering

Several motorcycle groups and charities have volunteer roles, transporting urgently needed donor breast milk, and blood, to neonatal units where the milk is given to premature babies to boost their immune systems and the blood provides transfusions for mothers who have complications resulting from their labour.

In rural areas in particular, the regular provision of donated breast milk can make a huge difference to a baby’s survival by reducing the risk of infection. It gives the tiny babies optimum nutrition as well as reducing their vulnerability to infections and viruses. A mother who isn’t producing milk may be very stressed about her baby’s health and that can, in turn, make her ill, so ensuring that premies get good milk helps not just the infant but his or her immediate family to feel that the best possible care is being taken of the little one.

Some mothers who lose their own babies go on producing milk by breast pump and donating it to others as part of the process of coming to terms with their grief, so the provision of courier services may be helping parents who have lost a baby just as much as parents who are struggling with the complex and demanding medical routines of a neo-natal unit.

This opportunity to volunteer requires a car or, more often, a motorcycle, a full clean licence, a good knowledge of your local area and the willingness to get up and go at any hour of the day or night. Training and support and special clothing, and packaging for the medical supplies, are provided by several charities to do this work.

Support Group Volunteering

Over 80,000 babies are born too soon, too small or ill in the UK every year. Local family support groups help parents cope with the stress of having a baby in a neo-natal unit or recently returned home from one. They also support parents who have lost a premature baby and they work with wider family such as other children and grandparents who often struggle to cope with their feelings and don’t know how to act for the best around a premature baby.

This opportunity requires you to pass a Criminal Records Bureau check, to be or have been a parent (not necessarily of a premature baby) and to be willing to work with your local community. Training and support are provided by several charities to do this work.

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I am a doula in Bristol and would love to volunteer with a cuddle program. Is there anything in Bristol or how do I go about setting something up here?
Sarah - 25-Apr-17 @ 9:21 AM
Hi my name is April and I am 24 years of age and I am a mummy to a beautiful Little girl, I saw somebody who shared this post on social media and just reading about the cause made me cry I think it's absolutely amazing and self rewarding. I believe I would benefit from voluteering as well as helping another baby in the world who just wants some cuddles and love. Is there anything going on in east or central London, I would be more then willing to help! my mum also knits baby clothing and she would love to donate to the cause!
April - 24-Apr-17 @ 11:10 AM
I would love to do this and help babies x Is there anything in Birmingham please
Stacey 01 - 23-Apr-17 @ 12:22 PM
Hi Just wondered if you had any cuddle programs in the Greenwich London area or London?
Sniffles - 22-Apr-17 @ 7:19 PM
I am a mummy of two boys and would love to help with something like this. I nannied for 10 years looking after babies and I have level three diploma in childcare. Is there anything within the Surrey area?
Sam - 22-Apr-17 @ 1:19 PM
Hi I was wondering if there was any cuddle programme in the forth valley area or Edinburgh. I've had 5 children all grown up so can do as much as needed
Lynne - 22-Apr-17 @ 11:13 AM
Do you know if there is a cuddly programme in West Sussex especially near Portsmouth area
Kazmark - 21-Apr-17 @ 10:11 PM
Hi, I'm in Coventry and interested in the cuddle care programs and would like more information please. Elaine
Elaine - 21-Apr-17 @ 8:27 PM
Hi I'm just wondering if there is any cuddle care program in Manchester I work part time but I would love to help out thanks
Bex - 21-Apr-17 @ 5:10 PM
Hi my name is stacy I'm 35 yrs old with 6 children all of school age and would love to be a part of a cuddle care programm . Is there anything in Manchester I could get involved with x
Stacy - 21-Apr-17 @ 4:40 PM
Hiya, do you know if there is a Cuddle Care Program anywhere in Dorset?
Megan - 20-Apr-17 @ 5:13 PM
Hi I am a mum of 3 boys 2 with asd and I will be a student nurse as of September but I would really like to get involved in the cuddle care program if there if one near Redhill in Surrey
Chrissie - 9-Apr-17 @ 6:49 PM
Hays- Your Question:
Hi, I'm a 33 year old female with one son of my own who's 6 years old. I am willing to free up my time to take part in the cuddle care programmes if you have one in the Essex area. I have lots of cuddles left to give. Thank you

Our Response:
Please see the response to @LittleNan below.
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Apr-17 @ 2:22 PM
Rita - Your Question:
Hello my name it's Rita I'm a nurse assistant working with dementia patients I am 40 and I will like to know if there is any snuggling baby's programs in Glasgow area ? Thanks

Our Response:
We don't know of any in the Glasgow area. Please see the responses below for other ideas.
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Apr-17 @ 12:06 PM
Lilly - Your Question:
I'm retired and would love to help cuddle babies who need help. I couldn't think of a lovelier thing to do for them. Is there anywhere in Cardiff that does this please?

Our Response:
We're not aware of any programmes in this area. Try your local NHS trust and hospitals. You might be able to persuade them to start up a cuddle scheme!
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Apr-17 @ 11:29 AM
Little nan - Your Question:
Is there a cuddle care program in Essex Southend - Basildon area,

Our Response:
Spence Chapin has a waiting list for volunteers that you could register on
or As at Volunteer Essex
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Apr-17 @ 11:04 AM
Hi, I'm a 33 year old female with one son of my own who's 6 years old. I am willing to free up my time to take part in the cuddle care programmes if you have one in the Essex area. I have lots of cuddles left to give. Thank you
Hays - 5-Apr-17 @ 11:58 PM
Hello my name it's Rita I'm a nurse assistant working with dementia patients I am 40 and I will like to know if there is any snuggling baby's programs in Glasgow area ? Thanks
Rita - 4-Apr-17 @ 10:56 PM
I'm retired and would love to help cuddle babies who need help. I couldn't think of a lovelier thing to do for them. Is there anywhere in Cardiff that does this please?
Lilly - 4-Apr-17 @ 7:04 PM
Is there a cuddle care program in Essex Southend - Basildon area,
Little nan - 4-Apr-17 @ 6:14 PM
Is this available at Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. Co. Down N Ireland. I'm 66 retired, divorcee. 3 children, 6 grandchildren who all live in England. I love babies in fact my daughter works at StokeMandeville Hospital and has a lot of these babies there.Liz ingles
Dancing liz - 31-Mar-17 @ 8:31 PM
Cathy - Your Question:
Hi I'd like to get information about cuddle care volunteer programmes in my area. I've worked with many young people suffering with addiction and the complex issues surrounding it. I'm a mother of one (10 yr old) and now he is that bit older I'd like to offer support to these babies. I have also worked in primary schools as a volunteer and have a level 4 in children and young people's workforce. I feel I can offer healthy support. I had my son late in life so I'm not interested in having more children of my own now but I do love babies and have lots of time and affection to offer.

Our Response:
You haven't said which area you're from. The easiest way is to ask via your local NHS trust or the CVS.
VoluntaryWorker - 24-Mar-17 @ 11:04 AM
Hi I would love to take a part in cuddle programme. I'm a mother of one boy(1 year old). Kind Regards
Agata - 23-Mar-17 @ 7:02 PM
Hi, im 52 yrs young have 4 grown up children with families of there own and i have 6 grand children,i would love to be considered for helping out a cuddle programme if there is any in the bristol uk area,please contact me if there is any availability.
Ness - 21-Mar-17 @ 10:55 AM
Hi I'd like to get information about cuddle care volunteer programmes in my area. I've worked with many young people suffering with addiction and the complex issues surrounding it. I'm a mother of one (10 yr old) and now he is that bit older I'd like to offer support to these babies. I have also worked in primary schools as a volunteer and have a level 4 in children and young people's workforce. I feel I can offer healthy support. I had my son late in life so I'm not interested in having more children of my own now but I do love babies and have lots of time and affection to offer.
Cathy - 21-Mar-17 @ 3:02 AM
Hi i am Nicola i would love to take part of thisprogrammes if Available please let me know as I would love to get involved because I love babies thank you for your cooperation
Nic - 20-Mar-17 @ 5:23 PM
Hi im interested in the cuddle program im a mum to 3 children under 15 I would love to help the lil babies with plenty of cuddles.im in devon please let me know of any spaces avalible close by.many thanks
Nicky jo jo - 8-Mar-17 @ 10:51 PM
Hay - Your Question:
Hi I am very interest in the cuddle programme for premies. I know of babies born addicted to drugs and also I have had a premi baby of my own who is now a gorgeous healthy 11 year old. I am in Dorset and wonder if there is anywhere local that I can provide my services too.

Our Response:
You could trylocal neo natal units directly or get in touch with Bliss
or
Tiny Life
VoluntaryWorker - 24-Feb-17 @ 11:37 AM
Hiya! Please give me an email, I have a baby daughter of my own and would hate thinking she was lonely and just wanted a cuddle! I work at a hospital as a healthcare assistant and have worked on maternity and labour suite wards. I would love to volunteer to help in any way I can. Will look forward to hearing anything back from you.
Gems - 24-Feb-17 @ 2:55 AM
Joybells - Your Question:
I am very interested in the cuddle programme. I live in Warrington. Just wondering if there are any programmes in the NW. JB

Our Response:
We aren't aware of any specificially, but if you contact neo natal units in the area they will be able to advise you.
VoluntaryWorker - 23-Feb-17 @ 12:59 PM
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