By now, many of you have read the heartwarming story in the December 26, 2015, issue of the Southern Illinoisan newspaper, where we shared the rebirth of our “Cuddler” program at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. (Click here for link to the original article.) This lone article and social media shares resulted in over 900 calls and emails from individuals who expressed interest in rocking and nurturing newborns in need. And, we continue to receive interest daily. Volunteer Services and the Birthing Center staff want to thank the regional community for this outpouring of support, which far exceeded our expectations.
Due to the volume of applicants, we regretfully share that we cannot accommodate all of the candidates at this time. A requirement for future Cuddlers is one year of good standing in volunteer services at Southern Illinois Healthcare. If you are still interested in joining our active volunteer team, please visit our volunteer page.