Pregnant postpartum opioid recovery


WE WILL HAVE RESULTS TONIGHT ON 22-NEWS AT 10 AND 11. ASHLEY: A NEW PROGRAM IS HELPING PREGNANT AND POSTPARTUM WOMEN RECOVERING FROM OPIOD USE. 22NEWS REPORTER TASHANEA WHITLOW JOINS US FROM OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU AFTER FINDING OUT HOW THE PROGRAM WILL HELP MOMS AND THEIR BABIES. TASHANEA: USING DRUGS DURING PREGNANCY CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR A FETUS. THE PROGRAM “NEW BEGINNINGS,” OFFERS RECOVERY AND SUPPORT FOR MOTHERS. COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPITAL’S — WOMEN’S HEALTH RECENTLY LAUNCHED “NEW BEGINNINGS,” A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES CRITICAL SUPPORT TO EXPECTING AND POSTPARTUM MOTHERS RECOVERING FROM OPIOD ABUSE. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, A BABY IS BORN SUFFERING FROM OPIATE WITHDRAWAL IN AMERICA EVERY 25 MINUTES. DR. ESTEVAN GARCIA, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPITAL VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR MOM. VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR THE BABY. SO, CLINICALLY/MEDICALLY WE WILL HELP TAKE CARE OF THE INFANT. THE IMPORTANT PART IS TO GIVE MOM THE SUPPORT SYSTEM. THE POSTPARTUM GROUP WILL MEET FOR AN HOUR EVERY TUESDAY AT “YELLOW HOUSE,” THE COOLEY DICKINSON WOMEN’S HEALTH BUILDING. “YELLOW HOUSE” IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL. THE PROGRAM HELPS WOMEN IN THE EARLIER STAGES OF RECOVERY. SOME WHO ARE RECEIVING MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT LIKE METHADONE, DURING THEIR PREGNANCY. TASHANEA WHITLOW: COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPITAL TOLD 22NEWS THAT THIS PROGRAM WAS BIRTHED OUT OF MIDWIVES SEEING MORE AND MORE BABIES BORN WITH A DEPENENCY TO OPIOIDS. BABIES BORN ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS HAVE ADDITIONAL HEALTH CHALLENGES, AND MAY HAVE TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER THE MOTHER IS DISCHARGED. TASHANEA: ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE A BABY BORN TO AN ADDICTED MOTHER CAN COST TAX PAYERS MORE THAN $66-THOUSAND DOLLARS, COMPARED TO JUST $35-HUNDRED FOR BABIES BORN HEALTHY.

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