Babies who are cuddled have better growth and stability and typically shorter hospital stays than babies who aren't. Cuddler volunteers hold and talk to these babies when families are unvailable, freeing up medical staff to continue other important tasks. Contact your local NICU (neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital) to see if they have … Continue reading #8. Volunteer to cuddle and talk to babies in a local NICU.
If you're interested in helping children in foster care but lack the resources to be a foster parent yourself, respite care it a great way to offer your support. Respite providers receive training in order to be qualified to care for foster children on a short-term basis. They then connect with foster families in their … Continue reading #5. Provide respite care for foster families.
If you know you or your partner aren't ready for a child, make sure you don't participate in conceiving one. This could mean abstinence or sexual activities that don't involve sperm entering a vagina. If you are going to have PIV sex, use protection. Make sure you're aware of the failure rates of your chosen … Continue reading #3. Make sexual choices that won’t result in unintended pregnancy.
How does conception happen? What are some common types of STDs and how are they transmitted? What are some common methods of preventing pregnancy, how do they work, and how effective are they? Hopefully you already know the basics, but if not, go dig around. Even if you aren't currently sexually active, this information is … Continue reading #2. Make sure you have sufficient sexual education.