Frequently asked questions

What is the first thing I should do if I want to be a Cuddler?


Fill out an application on-line.




What vaccines do I need to have?


To be a Cuddler in the hospital you must be vaccinated for : Hepatitis B Varicella MMR Tetanus/Tdap. Also, if it is the cold season a flu shot is required.




What if I can’t find my vaccination records?


Have your doctor test your blood to see if you carry the antibodies for the vaccinations required.




I had a TB test done a while back, does that count as my first one?


No, both TB test must be current and come back with a negative result.




Why do I need to be vaccinated?


It is necessary to have the required vaccines because it protects the babies and children by ensuring you are not bringing any life threatening illness or diseases into the hospital.




Should I be worried about getting infected or bringing an illness home to my family?


No. With proper hand washing techniques and personal protective equipment (PPE) you are not at risk.




May I bring toys or books in to use while I’m cuddling?


There are books, coloring pages and toys available in the volunteer locker room and on each floor. Once you give an item to a patient, it is theirs to keep. Please do not bring any outside items in.




May I listen to music while I’m cuddling?


Yes, but please keep it at a low soothing volume and be mindful of other patients or families that may be in the room.




What areas of the hospital will I be cuddling in?


There are four units of the hospital that would benefit from Cuddlers. 5 East burn/rehab/surgery unit 5 West neurosurgery unit 6 East infectious disease and 6 West is the hemotology/oncology unit




What if I am not comfortable cuddling a baby with a certain illness or wound?


There are lots of other babies in the hospital that could use some love. Do what ever you are comfortable with.




When can I come and cuddle?


Cuddlers are welcome at the hospital 7 days a week 8 am – 8 pm. A schedule that fits your needs can be determined.




How long should I say?


The hospital recommends a two-three hour visit.




What if I have more questions?


Please email us at chmvolunteers@dmc.org, and we would be happy to answer any other questions you may have!




How do I get my uniform?


You will get your uniform packet on your first day of cuddling. During orientation we will get your sizes. The pants run a little small, and the shirts big. Order up so you are comfortable! There are also extras in the office if you decide you need a different size.





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