These poor babies are born with a drug addiction, but lots of love and snuggles from volunteers just might be the prescription for healing. Unfortunately, drug addiction rates are rising around the world, which is resulting in an increase of neonatal abstinence syndrome, where the child inherits the mother’s addiction in the womb. As a result, they require a lot of extra care when they are born, as they are going through an excruciating process of withdrawal. Specially-trained volunteers, however, may just be the answer to saving these babies’ lives.
Pennsylvania nurse Jane Cavanuagh knew she had to do something to help as substance-abuse rates soared in her home state. So, she started a volunteer program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
“These babies going through withdrawal need to be held for extended periods,” she explains. “They need human touch.”
If snuggling babies sounds like something you want to be a part of, then you’re in luck. Most states now have some form of cuddle care program in place, and a quick Google search should help you narrow down programs in your area and help save these little babies’ lives.