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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. Also, neonatologist Mark “Cody” Smith, MD, is interviewed. Of all the babies born at WVU Medicine, about 10.5 to 11 percent were exposed to drugs in the womb, and of those about 4.3 percent went through active withdrawal after birth, according to Dr. Smith.
West Virginia study published in Pediatric Research on prenatal alcohol exposure in late pregnancyJanuary 7, 2020
Mothers, Babies Overlooked in the Drug CrisisDecember 30, 2019
Study: 54 out of every 1,000 WV children are affected by opioid use, will need $4B in servicesNovember 14, 2019
Perinatal health experts encourage less smoking, more breastfeeding for southern West VirginiaJuly 1, 2019
Amy Tolliver, Director
West Virginia Perinatal Partnership
(304) 558-0530 ext. 5
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