University of Nebraska Medical Center

Volunteer - Pregnancy Success and Support Program

Volunteer to provide pregnant patient support

The UNMC Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology has created a volunteer opportunity for medical and nursing students to provide labor support and boredom busters for pregnant inpatient people at Nebraska Medicine. 

  • This program began in the fall of 2023. 
  • Location: Nebraska Medicine Labor and Delivery, main campus located at 4350 Dewey Ave, Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • UNMC medical, nursing, and allied health students, as well as Clarkson College nursing students, are eligible to volunteer. 
Student providing support to a patient

Labor Support: Provide non-medical support to laboring people by offering encouragement, companionship, support, and attention. Numerous studies report the benefits of providing labor support for people, which include decreased cesarean rates, reduced length of labor and use of oxytocin, and fewer requests for an epidural. Support and encouragement from a labor support person have also been associated with fewer birth complications. Overall, patients report a more positive labor experience when accompanied by a support person.   


Patient with a crochet project
Boredom Busters: Engage with pregnant people who are inpatient on bed rest by providing games, crafts, conversation, education, and activities. The benefits of alleviating boredom for people who are inpatient prior to giving birth include reduced maternal stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation or loneliness.  

Volunteer Information

Benefits of Volunteering in this Program
  • Obtain experience in the obstetrics specialty while working one-on-one with a patient.
  • Report your volunteer hours on your curriculum vitae.  
  • Meet people who work in this specialty, work with support staff , and develop relationships with experts in the field.
  • View the delivery of health care to a diverse patient population.
Prior to volunteering, all students will be required to complete a two-hour online training module that will inform them about basic antepartum and intrapartum care to best assist a patient with one-on-one care. The program leadership team will add volunteers to the Pregnancy Success and Support Program Canvas course.
Time Commitment

Volunteers need to commit to:

  • One year of volunteering
  • 4-hour shifts
  • Volunteer at least once a quarter
Ready to Sign Up?
For further information please contact the PSSP President Emma Buddenhagen.
Program Leadership


Emma Buddenhagen, UNMC third-year medical student

Co-Vice Presidents

Ali Pool and Gracie Berentson


Emma Poulas

Volunteer Coordinator

Sineah Donaldson


Heather Ramsey, DNP, APRN-CNM
Kate Scott, DNP, APRN-CNM
Amie Hollard, MD

Instructional Designer

Jami Monico, MSEd, CHSE