Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s award-winning Parenting Program gives experienced parents the chance to support and educate new parents. With earlier discharges, limited family support and the stresses of new parenthood, many first-time parents appreciate individual and group support in caring for their newborn. Ninety-eight percent of participants say they are “very satisfied” with the services they received through the Parenting Program.
The program is made possible through the support of our parent volunteers, who help first-time parents adjust to the changes a new baby makes in their lives.
Program volunteers enjoy their roles in:
- Building the confidence of new parents
- Turning a difficult breastfeeding experience into a positive one
- Making a difference in helping families through a difficult time
- Forming new, long-lasting friendships
- Using the support and resources provided to volunteers
- Being part of a professionally run endeavor
Volunteer Opportunities and Commitments
If you are a compassionate parent, a good listener, and want to make a difference in your community, we welcome your registration to become a parent volunteer. Here are some of the activities in which volunteers participate:
- Hospital visitor – introduce the Parenting Program to new families.
- Individual family support – contact families weekly by phone or e-mail from the convenience of your home. This requires about 6–10 hours per month.
- Breastfeeding support caller – talk to new mothers by phone during the first month after the baby’s birth. Volunteers support a minimum of three families at a time and serve 6–8 hours per month.
- Parent group leaders – lead a group for parents with babies 3 to 5 months old. Volunteers prepare for and facilitate up to 12 meetings in community centers or parents’ homes. Meetings are held every other week. The commitment is 8–10 hours a month.
- Group Speaker – present early childhood and parenting topics to parent groups. Effective group management and communication skills are necessary. Speakers present two or three times per month, for a total time of six to 12 hours. Ability to drive to community sites is required.
- Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) – contact families as needed, with hospital and home visits as requested. Experience with a NICU child is essential.
All potential volunteers must undergo a detailed interview process and complete a program orientation. Training sessions are offered throughout the year. Volunteers must also attend two additional training programs each year.
Use our Volunteer Engagement Center to explore the many different types of volunteers we need and volunteer opportunities that we offer. Then let us know what is of interest to you by completing an online application or you can contact the offices listed on each opportunity description page for more details.
To learn more, click on these links.
NICU Parenting Program
Postpartum Adjustment Program
Reach the Parenting Program offices Monday–Friday,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at 248-898-3230.