By Hushabye Nursery
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Hushabye NurseryDec 08, 2021
EP: 2 - Peer Suppport Mentors
In this week's episode, we talk to Shauna, Shaunisty, and Clarissa who walk with the moms at Hushabye Nursery during the most difficult times of their lives. Learn first hand from these amazing women's as they share their perspective the work they do in the community.
EP 1: Why Hushabye Nursery?
In this week's episode, we talk about who Hushabye Nursery is why it was created and the challenge we are seeing across America. Tune in every other Wednesday for a brand new episode! Join us on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, as we dive into our programs and hear from our peer support specialists and mentors!
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Preface: What is Hushabye Nursery?
With nearly 50,000 opioid-related deaths in 2017, today’s opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. The opioid crisis is made more complex when considering the growing phenomenon of co-occurring pregnancy.
Women who become pregnant while using opioids – both illegal and medically-monitored – are typically prescribed opiates throughout their pregnancies due to the risk of prenatal withdrawal and miscarriage. As a result, their babies are born into an opiate-dependent state known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) which requires a complex and painful detoxification process in the days following birth.
In the state of Arizona, two babies are born every day withdrawing from opioid dependency.
Hushabye Nursery’s mission is to ‘embrace substance-exposed babies and their caregivers with compassionate, evidence-based care that changes the course of their entire lives.’
The organization was founded by Tara Sundem, a neonatal nurse practitioner who witnessed firsthand the challenges of newborns exposed prenatally to opioids and those families trying to care for them.
Hushabye Nursery offers a safe and inclusive space where mothers, family members, and babies – from conception through childhood – can receive integrative care and therapeutic support that offers each child the best possible life outcomes. Programs include prenatal and postpartum support groups, inpatient nursery services, and outpatient therapies.
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