If you're looking for something to do in your free time or find an amazing retirement plan, you could become a volunteer and cuddle babies in the NICU.
Unfortunately millions of babies are affected by the nationwide opioid epidemic. The National Institute for Drug Abuse say that a baby is born every 15 minutes suffering from opioid withdrawal. It's heartbreaking to think these babies suffer in pain before they experience anything else the world has to offer.
These babies suffering from withdrawal end up in the NICU and hospitals across the country receive volunteers to help serve as "Baby Cuddlers," since their parents can't be with them.
Volunteers sit and hold the infants tight and give these babies the human connection that their parents aren't able to give. After a few weeks, the babies show signs of improvement as they exit withdrawal.
If you are want to help or need a good retirement plan, you can volunteer one of these hospitals around the country:
- The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia, has a four-hour training course for cuddler volunteers.
- The Boston Medical Center has a program called CALM – Cuddling Assists in Lowering Maternal and Infant Stress.
- Lily’s Place
- Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh
- The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
- Miller Children’s Hospital
- University of Chicago Medicine
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