Help Make a Big Impact on a Small Life

Small baby feet in an adult hand

Did you happen to read Sara Kuhn’s love letter to the Beaumont Parenting Program? It highlighted how one family was positively impacted through our award-winning program.

In 2014 alone, the Parenting Program:

  • Made 2,574 hospital visits and 2,108 NICU hospital visits.
  • Supported 1,640 families through our one-on-one Individual Family Support (with a total of 7,769 contacts!).
  • Began 52 new parent/infant groups and held 24 NICU group meetings.
  • Provided 1,890 hours of education to our families through our group speakers.
  • Educated 109 families through our in-hospital car seat instruction.
  • Made 943 postpartum adjustment follow-up calls.
  • Performed 2,054 hours of newborn hearing screening tests.

Would you like to be part of making a difference in one of those roles? Keep reading to learn how.

Volunteer Roles

  • Hospital Visitor.

Introduce our program to the new families on the postpartum unit. As an ambassador of the program, you convey a sense of hope and confidence to new parents.

Commitment: Twice a month at a Beaumont hospital.

  • Hearing Screening

Perform hearing screening tests on newborn infants in the postpartum unit. You will work with the nursing staff, and the parents of the newborns. After a test is complete, an informational handout is given to the parents.

Commitment: Twice a month at a Beaumont hospital.

Parenting partner showing nail care while grandma holds newborn baby.

A Parenting Partner demonstrates newborn nail care.

  • Parenting Partner

You will work on the mother-baby (postpartum) unit providing support to nursing staff and patients. Duties can include offering assistance to families as needed and conducting Unit tours. All Parenting Partners must train as a Hospital Visitor (see above), and have a minimum of two months experience in that role.

Commitment: Twice a month at a Beaumont hospital.

  • Individual Family Support

During the first three months after baby’s birth, you’ll provide weekly contact through phone and/or email. Face-to-face visits are arranged based on a family’s interest and need. Volunteers address baby and parenting issues to meet the individual needs of each family.

Commitment: Six to 10 hours per month, calling three families from the convenience of your home.

  • Parent Group Leaders

When babies are three- to five-months old, parents can join a day or evening parent group consisting of families with babies of similar ages. As a leader, you prepare for and facilitate up to 12 meetings held every other week at area community facilities or parents’ homes. You also schedule speakers who provide various parenting topic discussions.

Specialty groups are available for single moms and families with twins or triplets (multiple births). Volunteers with an interest in these areas may enjoy leading these unique groups.

Commitment: Between eight and 10 hours per month.

  • Group Speaker

Present topics to parent groups specific to early childhood and parenting issues, such as adjustment to parenthood, infant development, feeding, and common childhood illnesses. Expertise in your topic(s) is required. Effective communication and group management skills are essential for this role.

Commitment: Six to 12 hours per month. You’ll often speak two or three times per month. The ability to drive to the meeting site (family homes and/or community sites) is required.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

The NICU program focuses on the unique needs of families with children in the NICU. Volunteers are parents who’ve had similar NICU experiences with their child. As a volunteer for NICU parents, you will contact families as needed. Hospital visits and home visits are also done upon family request.

Requirements: Experience with a NICU child is essential.

Commitment: Minimum of 2 hours per week.

  • Postpartum Adjustment Support (PPA) Program

The PPA Program focuses on the unique needs of families struggling with postpartum depression/anxiety. As a PPA volunteer, you’ll provide weekly support through phone or email. Face-to-face visits are arranged based on family’s interest and need.

Requirements: Personal experience with postpartum depression/anxiety is essential.

Commitment: Six to ten hours per month.

The Process

  • All potential Parenting Program volunteers must undergo a detailed interview process.
  • All volunteers must complete a program orientation and training that includes how to handle confidential information. As a volunteer, you represent Beaumont Hospitals and are responsible for protecting patients’ health information.
  • Training sessions are offered throughout the year. Depending on your role, you may be required to attend more specific training after the basic training sessions.

Volunteers share the joys and challenges of parenting in a strong supportive system. If you’re interested in joining our team, register to become a parent volunteer today!

1 Response to “Help Make a Big Impact on a Small Life”

  1. 1 Anonymous February 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain love for one another.

    – Erma Bombeck

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