Research Finds Smoking As Risky As Alcohol, Drugs During Pregnancy

From The Charleston Gazette: “Getting pregnant women to stop smoking is just as important as getting them to stop using alcohol and illicit drugs, a researcher and psychologist told health-care providers Friday morning. Beth Bailey, a psychologist who serves as program director for the Tennessee Intervention for Pregnant Smokers, said doctors sometimes tend to prioritize having pregnant women stop using … Read More

The Benedum Foundation Awards West Virginia Perinatal Partnership Grant

From the Charleston Daily Mail: “The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is helping, once again, to improve the lives of babies in West Virginia. The Benedum Foundation has awarded the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership a grant to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of babies born to mothers addicted to drugs during pregnancy. The grant will help care for babies … Read More

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Charleston Abortion Clinic

From the Charleston Gazette: “A Kanawha County judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a woman who claimed her abortion was botched at a clinic on Charleston’s West Side. Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit entered an order Monday dismissing the lawsuit filed by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia on behalf of Itai Gravely. The judge … Read More

WCHS-TV: Protecting Drug Exposed Babies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a special report on mothers exposing their unborn children to harmful drugs, Eyewitness News takes a look at what is becoming an epidemic in our state. West Virginia ranks at the top when it comes to drug exposed babies. The exact numbers are difficult to pinpoint, but a study four years ago estimated 20 percent of … Read More

W.Va. urges safe sleep habits for babies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is placing a special emphasis on keeping babies safe while sleeping. Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin have proclaimed September as “Infant Safe Sleep Month” as part of a statewide educational campaign. Read the full story »  

GVMC Drug-Free Mother Baby program showing results

More than 75 mothers have received support to combat their drug addiction during their pregnancy in the first year for the Drug-Free Mother Baby Greenbrier Valley program at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC). The three-year program and the program case manager are made possible through grants from the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, the Claude Benedum Worthington Foundation and the West … Read More