VA Cuddler Program Helps Babies Going Through Opioid Withdrawals!


Volunteers cuddling newborns is part of a new program at the hospital in Fauquier County for babies who are born to opioid-addicted mothers with Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). 

Cheryl Poelma, director of women's services, says babies who suffer from NAS “have trouble getting into a good sleep problem, they can be irritable. They have a hard time being consoled and an uncoordinated suck which can make eating difficult for them."

Poelma explains they started seeing a need “to bring in non-pharma logical ways we can to help support them.” Part of that is cuddling.  

Cuddling helps them withdraw from opioids naturally. “Hold the baby so close. They need that touch, they need the security of feeling close to another body. 

The hospital is overloaded with calls from volunteers who want to help with the program. However, if you're interested, you can visit their website for more information.

Source: ABC 7

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