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When someone retires, their plans, stereotypically involve traveling, playing golf, or maybe taking on a new hobby. But in 2002, David Deutschman had something else in mind. It was then that he decided to volunteer at his local hospital, and he definitely left a legacy. If one were ask a nurse at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta who the ‘Baby Whisperer’ is, they would most certainly tell you it was David.
When David retired, he had no idea what to do. In fact, he was simply looking at things that would fill his time. Eventually, he learned about the baby buddy program at Scottish Rite Hospital, which is currently known as the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite Hospital.
What is the baby buddy program? Apparently, this is a service that is quite exclusive to this hospital. They hire people who comfort babies that are either premature or need some special attention. David previously stated, “When I first came to work for the hospital, they gave me a little baby to hold. And the child life person walked by and said, ‘Hey, you hold babies? I’ve got a job for you.’ And I just loved it.”
In the current scenario around the world, baby buddy programs could be a necessity. There are several parents out there who have to work even when their children are in the hospital. As such, it is important for the child to feel needed. And this is what David did, after getting retired.
Baby Whisperer David Deutchman- The Old Man Who Gave A Major Part Of His Life To Babies
Yet, what was it about this old man that comforted children so much? If one were to get the folklore around the hospital, Deutchman had the ability to calm any infant. So, when the nurses handed him a screaming baby, he would simply cradle it. And in no time, the baby would be calm and snoozing. One could definitely state that babies loved being held by this retiree. Interestingly, being around Deutschman also helped infants forget their fear of injections. While they would still feel it, they would be calm with Deutchman holding them.