Volunteer Rockers Fill an Important Role for Parents and Nurses

Updated: 10/7/2013

Rocking with Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


Sandy Chiampou, volunteer rocker.

Nearly forty, specially-trained and caring volunteers serve an important role as baby rockers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

To see a recent news story featuring these volunteer rockers, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqmdJK5NA38&feature=c4-overview&list=UUz-CsmKDzoshp--34ppESxA

An extra set of hands for nurses and a source of caring for these newborns on behalf of their parents if or when they’re unable to provide that personal touch themselves, these volunteers have been rocking in the NICU for more than six years.

The region’s largest, most advanced and safest unit of its kind in Western New York, the neonatal intensive care unit receives more than 300 critically ill and often premature newborns transferred to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo from other hospitals throughout Western New York and beyond each year.  These newborns are transported by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s Neonatal Transport Team, comprised of neonatal nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists and the only such team in Western New York.

Currently, there is a waiting list of those interesting in becoming a volunteer rocker, but there are many other volunteer opportunities at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  To learn more, go online at http://www.kaleidahealth.org/Volunteer or call (716) 878-7241.