Singing River hosts CuddleCot Donation Ceremony

Singing River Health System hosted an intimate ceremony on January 6, 2023 in the Singing River Gulfport Labor & Delivery department in support and acceptance of a CuddleCot donation on behalf of the Naff family, founders of the Hope From John Ellis benefit.

Elisabeth Naff and Lucas Naff are both natives of Ocean Springs and the founders of the Hope From John Ellis benefit. Hope From John Ellis was created by the Naff family in memory of John Ellis Naff in hopes to share his sweet story. On January 6, 2017, John Ellis was born into heaven at 35 weeks gestation due to a misdiagnosed case of Cholestasis of Pregnancy. Hope From John Ellis was established to benefit the One Wing Foundation. The One Wing Foundation was originated by two families who experienced stillbirth loss to raise funds and distribute financial assistance to organizations that provide resources to families who have suffered from pregnancy or infant loss.

The Naff family graciously donated a CuddleCot to Singing River Gulfport on John Ellis’ sixth Birthday in heaven and an acceptance ceremony was held in his memory.

A CuddleCot is a small, portable, lightweight unit that enables families experiencing the loss of their baby at any age or gestation to spend more time with them and enables more time to create memories.

Additionally, Parker’s Purpose is also a nonprofit organization that donates care packages to the hospital. The care boxes include items such as a journal, pamphlets of information to help guide parents, items for a mom’s care/stay, as well as mementos. Rebecca Schroeder started this organization in honor of her baby boy Parker and has received grants from the Hope From John Ellis benefit.

“Our hope for this benefit is to donate CuddleCots, raise awareness for pregnancy, infant and stillbirth loss, as well as bring Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy awareness to light. My prayer is that no family has to experience this heartache, but if they do, we hope our resources and CuddleCot donations provide even just a small bit of peace in a very traumatic situation.”

Elisabeth Naff, founder of the Hope From John Ellis Benefit.

Ocean Springs Hospital and the Pascagoula Hospital have previously received CuddleCot donations to offer as a resource to patients who have suffered from infant loss. Now, all three Singing River Health System hospital locations will have CuddleCots available.

“On behalf of Singing River Health System leadership and staff, we would like to thank the One Wing Foundation for the generous CuddeCot donation that enables us to provide as a resource for grieving families.”

Tiffany Murdock, CEO of Singing River Health System.

For more information about the Hope From John Ellis benefit or how to donate, please visit Hope From John Ellis.