Team Hope program’s mission is to enhance care for newborns with NAS

A collaborative program across units at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is changing the way nurses and doctors care for newborns diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

The program, called Team Hope, is funded with a grant from the Memorial Foundation and support from VUMC and Children’s Hospital leadership. The interdisciplinary team is comprised of health care specialists from the Newborn Nursery, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the acute care unit at Children’s Hospital along with Child Life, social workers and lactation consultants.

Their mission: to improve the care of the opioid-exposed mother-baby dyad through multifaceted, family-centered approach. The team seeks to keep mothers and babies together after birth and move them out of an intensive care setting when possible.


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