Postpartum Angels are matched with a family in their community who is expecting or has just welcomed a new baby. Your training begins by attending an informative orientation. All your questions are answered and you are given resources to follow your heart and gut while visiting your families. Volunteers are invited to attend 6 Purple Coffee Hours per year, which are offered on-site at Good Beginnings. Additional resources are available on our Volunteer Training page.
Postpartum Angels visit their families for 2-3 hours weekly or biweekly for up to 3 months. Volunteer home visitors need strong communication skills and knowledge of service agencies available to assist families with newborn babies. Volunteers provide a link to community resources, offer education and support with emphasis on maternal/infant bonding, infant care, breastfeeding, fatherhood, nutrition, and literacy. Postpartum Angels are given a welcome bag full of gifts and health and safety information for each new family they visit with.
In Loving Arms Visitor
These visitors are matched with a newborn or infant who is boarding at CVMC due to medical issues such as premature birth, addiction, or other concerns. In Loving Arms volunteers are on standby to visit the nursery when needed to cuddle and comfort boarding infants under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
In some cases, visitation for these babies is minimal. In other cases, parents are there around the clock and need respite. In either case, our volunteers will provide in-arms care visits for young patients while they recover. Research has shown that in-arms care helps babies to thrive and develop emotional wellness. These visits may translate to home visits when the infant is released from CVMC. This group of visitors attends the Good Beginnings orientation and the Central Vermont Medical Center volunteer training. In Loving Arms visitors receive additional training opportunities on relevant topics.
To qualify for the In Loving Arms position you must be actively participating in the Good Beginnings Postpartum Angel program for at least 6 months.