Babies Born With Drug Addiction Can Be Treated At WCA
This issue has not passed over Jamestown, unfortunately, as WCA Hospital officials confirm that there are cases of infants suffering withdrawal in the area. When the mother of an infant has used drugs during her pregnancy, it can result in a withdrawal syndrome called neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Donna Barber, Maternity Care Center nurse manager, said she does see cases of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Depending on the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, it is determined by a doctor whether the infant can be treated at WCA Hospital or whether the infant needs to be transported to another facility.
“There are cases throughout the community where babies are affected,” Barber said. “Anytime a mother has a drug addiction, the infant is impacted. We have many (cases) we would know ahead of time because the mother may be in a treatment program.”