To Treat Babies for Drug Withdrawal, Help Their Mothers, Too
December 14, 2018
(Undark) – Magarian, who has a gray horseshoe moustache and an easy smile, has cared for more than 300 babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Over the past decade and a half, he and his colleagues have developed a system that, at its heart, aims to support babies and their mothers, who frequently struggle with addiction, trauma, and the stigma of birthing a baby with NAS. This approach is part of a growing movement that recognizes the importance of mother-infant bonding for these vulnerable children. “Treat mom like she’s antibiotics for pneumonia,” explains physician Matt Grossman, who practices at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.