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Cuddler Program

We know scientific evidence shows the benefits of skin-to-skin for babies.That’s why we make sure all our babies get the hugs and cuddles they need to grow during their time at Southlake Regional Health Centre.

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At Southlake, we have recruited and trained cuddler volunteers who are available each day to help give hugs and cuddles to babies when parents are unable to provide them with the hugs they need.

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Our Cuddler Program has been featured in Canadian Living and on CTV Toronto.

We are also proud to be the first partner in the Huggies No Baby Unhugged initiative. Our experts shared their guidelines for cuddling and now Huggies is helping to start up cuddler programs at hospitals across the country.

Meet Sandra Payne, Southlake Nurse Educator and the lead on creating the cuddler program at Southlake.


For more information about the science behind skin-to skin and cuddling:

The power of human touch for babies

The guidelines for development of a volunteer cuddling program

Check out these commercials shot here at Southlake:

Miracle Hugs from Huggies – No Baby Unhugged “Jade’s story”

The Power of Hugs – the Power of Dads

Mother’s Day Hugs

Power of Mother’s Hug

Interested in being a volunteer at Southlake? click here 

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