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The UNC-Rex Birth Center is looking for volunteers for a rewarding job — cuddling a newborn baby in their neonatal intensive care unit.

Most newborn babies enjoy a short hospital stay, but not those in intensive care. Doctors say, when a newborn has to stay in the hospital long-term, the cuddles benefit babies, parents and volunteers.

Volunteers who wish to help with the cuddlers program at the UNC-Rex NICU must go through extensive screenings and training. They ask for applicants to volunteer for least a year elsewhere within the organization to learn the policies and procedures before helping with the delicate newborns. UNC-Rex enlists the help of more than 1,200 volunteers who contribute about 150,000 hours every year in a wide range of roles to support patients and their families. Get more information online.