Neonatal Abstinence Program

Mother and BabyThe Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Program (NAS) provides high quality care for mothers and infants. The program helps mothers and infants get the best possible results physically, emotionally and mentally, and help newborns and mothers return home in a safe and healthy state.

Program Goals
The Neonatal Abstinence Program provides many services that help both the mother and child. The program addresses the following key components for long-term success:
• Developing a positive and healthy mother/baby relationship
• Reducing the return of previous lifestyle choices
• Early detection and management of developmental delays

Care Coordination
Care Coordination is a service provided by The Children’s Institute that coordinates the care of children with complex medical conditions and babies with NAS. Our care coordinators and health coaches work with the family to make sure that every child gets the services they need when they need them. The role of Care Coordination is very important in the neonatal abstinence program, and supports the family throughout each stage of the program:

1. Care Coordination will begin meeting with the mother and the birth team during the third trimester.
2. Following the infant’s birth and NAS diagnosis, a Clinical Coordinator will go to the hospital to talk about next steps.
3. Care Coordination continues to provide support throughout the child’s time at The Children’s Institute as an inpatient and during outpatient treatment.

Outpatient Services
We offer outpatient services through The Children’s Institute’s Developmental Pediatrics group with Dr. Bethany Ziss. Dr. Ziss sees each child until at least age 3. Our Developmental Pediatrics team will work early on to address any developmental delays the child may have to make sure the child stays healthy. Our Developmental Pediatrics team can make suggestions and referrals to any therapy services that may be helpful, such as Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy. 


By the end of the NAS program, both the mother and baby will be on a positive track for a healthy and happy life together.


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