Niswonger Children’s Hospital CEO Lisa Carter said she and Families Free Executive Director Lisa Tipton have a passion to see NAS eradicated.
NAS occurs when a baby is exposed to drugs like opioids in the womb before birth. Babies can be born withdrawing from the drug taken and many experience tremors, diarrhea, dehydration, sweating, irritability, sensitivity to light and sound and problems with sleeping. Many require specialized care.
After an addicted mom gives birth, there is a unique window of time when she realizes that she needs help, according to Tipton. And having someone to talk with during that time is critical.
Families Thrive is a patient-driven, voluntary program designed to address the specific problems that NAS babies and their families face. It helps equip the hospital staff to work with the mothers to encourage breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact. It is also designed to help connect the families to the programs…