In Loving Arms

In Loving Arms

Infant Cuddling Program

Our newborn cuddling program serves babies boarding at the UVM Health Network Central Vermont Medical Center campus due to health concerns. This is a free program of Good Beginnings and UVM Heath Network at CVMC.

Early cuddling is vital for a baby’s healthy emotional development. Under direct supervision by CVMC nursing staff, our specially-trained volunteers cuddle and comfort infants who must board at the hospital due to health complications.

The ILA program serves:

  • Parents & babies in recovery or treatment
  • Families with premature infants
  • Parents & babies with minimal visitation or support
  • ​Parents & babies recovering from cesarean birth

Frequent cuddling contributes to healthy growth and development and can lead to a shorter hospital stay.

To enroll in ILA, contact Good Beginnings or speak with your child’s nurse at the UVM-CVMC birthing center.

If interested in becoming an ILA volunteer, you can find more information here