A program at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas that helps mothers and newborns battle opiate withdrawals is changing the lives of those affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which occurs primarily among opioid-exposed infants shortly after birth. According to MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist, Dr. John Isaac, “San Antonio has the highest rate of NAS in Texas.” The NAS program encourages mothers and babies to stay together in a special in-patient facility while the mother seeks treatment. “There’s a window of opportunity that we have with the mother to enhance the bonding,” Isaac said. “We try not to separate the baby from the mom if they are clinically stable. So the babies get to stay with the mother until it comes a time in which the babies need to get on medication or are showing some kind of clinical symptom that the baby needs NICU care.”

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