Is This the Best Job Ever? Retirees Work as Hospital's 'Baby Cuddlers'
It's a win-win situation for both those employed at this hospital and the infants they care for.
This woman might just have the best job in the world.
Jeanette DeVivo is a "baby cuddler" at a New York hospital, and is tasked with holding and rocking infants who are too tiny or sick to go home.
“I look forward to coming here, holding them, cuddling them," she said. "Sometimes I think they may do more for me. It's gratifying, it really it is."
DeVivo is not the only person with her position.
Glenda Reed is a retired teacher who also cuddles babies in her spare time.
“It's very comforting for me, actually, because I come in, usually literally think about nothing but them,” she said. “I know that the parents do appreciate it as well.”
It turns out all this cuddling at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Montefiore Hospital in New York can do wonders for the babies, as well.
“It slows the heart rate, regulates the breathing, actually helps to maintain temperature and really has been shown to reduce stress on the infant's system,” Dr. Deborah Campbell of Montefiore said.
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