Drug Free Moms and Babies Abstract Presented at APHA 2018 Conference

This past fall, Dr. Christa Lilly, PhD presented at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and expo in San Diego, California. Her presentation was titled “Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Drug Free Moms and Babies Project: A rural, Appalachia pilot project to support healthy baby outcomes.” The Drug-Free Moms and Babies Project (DFMB) pilot program (4 sites; … Read More

PUBLICATION: Novel Withdrawal Symptoms of a Neonate Prenatally Exposed to a Fentanyl Analog

The health care team at Marshall University and Cabell Huntington recently published a case report in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care regarding withdrawal symptoms of a neonate exposed to a fentanyl analog in utero. The researchers highlight the complex medical and social issues involved with treating infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome that were exposed to many substances. Read Journal Article Here: Novel Withdrawal ... Read More

Thomas Memorial Hospital Introduces Grace’s Closet

Thomas Memorial Hospital Introduces Grace's Closet for Mothers in Early Recovery Grace's Closet from Recovery Point West Virginia on Vimeo. Within the walls of Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, West Virginia, there are rooms filled with baby clothes, shoes, diapers, baby wipes, toys, and early childhood essentials. They call this area Grace's Closet. The rooms serve as an area for mothers in recovery to get ... Read More

ABC News report highlights WVU Medicine’s care for drug-exposed babies

  View Original Article and Video: https://abcnews.go.com/US/cuddle-volunteers-soothe-west-virginias-drug-exposed-babies/story?id=58535423 Drug exposed babies are an insidious after-effect of the opioid epidemic that has swept West Virginia. A recent ABC news story, "Cuddle volunteers help to soothe West Virginia's drug-exposed babies," spotlighted the care WVU Medicine gives to these newborns. The story shows Pat Holgorsen, one of dozens of cuddle volunteers at WVU Medicine. ... Read More

Pain medications and pregnancy

Several new reports examine the use of opioids and other pain medications by women of reproductive age and the risks such medications have on pregnancy.   Opioid Prescription Claims Among Women of Reproductive Age — United States, 2008-2012 FDA reviews risks of pain meds during pregnancy-2012 Painkiller-addicted babies a painful, costly problem