An association recruits volunteers to cajole hospitalized babies. This beautiful initiative allows children to not feel abandoned when their parents are absent.
The professions related to early childhood are numerous: nurse, pediatrician, nursery ... But there is a function much less known, although it meets more and more successful "cuddling" baby. Designed by Hand in Hand, the concept is to offer adults the opportunity to devote some of their free time to comforting sick children in hospitals on a voluntary basis.
Founded in 1987 and recognized by public utility in 1999, the association is committed to improving the quality of life of the child in the hospital, from birth until the age of 20 years. To date, it has more than 600 volunteers "cuddlers" in the Paris region. Volunteers go to the hospital during their free time to bring love and comfort to hospitalized babies when their parents can not get there or the staff of the health care team is overwhelmed.
If the initiative has something to move, it is actually almost vital for the baby. As explained by the head of the general pediatric department at NeckerVéronique Hospital Abadi at the microphone of France Inter "Cuddling can be a powerful sedative against pain. "The infant goes from a situation of discomfort to a comfort situation and it is a purely physical problem. He goes from 'I'm alone, it's cold, no one touches me' to 'me cajole, there is movement, there is smell, there is a voice, there is a rhythm'.
Parents leave their children "in good hands"
The experience is beneficial from the point of view of all, both for their parents, relieved to be able to be absent leaving their children in "good hands", but also for the hospital staff, who consider these volunteers as members of the full team. "For us this is an important contribution because suddenly they are calm children, children easier to appreciate on the medical level, children who are better," explained Veronique Abadi.
Volunteers, who are mostly women, come out often grown up, as evidenced by these two testimonials published on the website of the association:
I spent more than six years in Necker's ENT department and this experience will forever be remembered as one of the most rewarding of my life. This Saturday morning meeting was a bubble in which I was surprised to find joy where I thought I was getting pain. "Yasmine, intern volunteer.
I am a volunteer at Necker and my experience with children goes beyond what I could have imagined. They are so spontaneous and know how to welcome things with so much detachment some times. I often get warm thanks from children and parents and my response is always the same: I get as much as I give. "Karima.
To join the association and become a cuddler, potential volunteers must fulfill certain criteria: to be over 20 years old, to be in good health and to agree to commit for a minimum of one year. On site, the rules of hygiene are very strict. Volunteers wear a mask before entering each room. When entering the room, they should wash their hands with an alcoholic solution, then put on a blouse that they will not remove before leaving the hospital room.
If you want to become a volunteer or support the project, go to Main in the main.asso.fr