Bright Beginnings, Healthy Futures
At the Pleasant Valley Hospital Bright Beginnings Unit, we help create bright and healthy futures for babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). With specially trained nurses, 24/7 monitoring and state-of-the-art equipment, the Bright Beginnings Unit provides special care and treatment to babies born of addiction, helping them through the difficult withdrawal process without the added stress of being transported out of town to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Babies born with NAS receive structured medical care in the Bright Beginnings Unit to wean them off of their chemical addiction gradually and safely. Because they are highly susceptible to overstimulation and “failure to thrive,” the babies are cared for in a soothing, low-stimulation environment, with the help of volunteer “cuddlers” who have been trained in therapeutic ways to hold and feed the babies.
Using protocols developed by Sean Loudin, MD, a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Bright Beginnings Unit is the first of its kind in our area. With an emphasis on education, we teach families and caregivers how to best care for the babies at home and direct parents to addiction recovery programs and other resources.
At Pleasant Valley Hospital, we have the honor and privilege of offering hope in situations that might otherwise seem hopeless. For more information on the Bright Beginnings Unit, call 304.675.4340 extension 1230.