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Cuddler Program

The Cuddler Program at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) helps to support the development and growth of babies staying in our Pediatric Unit, Intensive Care Nursery or the Birthing Pavilion. Cuddler volunteers are specially trained to interact with babies, both premature and full-term, during times when their parents can’t be with them at the hospital.


  • Provide the human touch needed by all babies, especially those in the hospital.
  • Simply hold the baby, read to them or quietly sing to them to provide stimulation.
  • Hold the babies for different amounts of time, depending on the baby’s needs. The work cuddlers do helps babies grow faster, so they can go home to their families sooner.

Staff members on our Pediatric Unit, Intensive Care Nursery and the Birthing Pavilion work directly with families to coordinate a visit from a cuddler volunteer.

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