In collaboration with health care providers, payers, policymakers, and consumer groups, Hushabye Nursery is working to change systems and help ensure that every that infant experiencing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and their family system experiencing opioid use disorder receives the right care at the right price and improves overall health outcomes.
Every 15 minutes a baby is born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)” (AAP.org). Substance abuse is a key factor associated with children coming into foster care. Today’s opioid public health crisis is influenced by persistent barriers to the safety and well-being of babies and families and requires communities to improve care for families with complex health and social needs. In response to the community's need for bold cutting-edge vision, Hushabye Nursery pioneered the first in the nation fully- integrated holistic care model providing medical treatment for babies experiencing NAS and intensive behavioral health services to family systems impacted by opioid use disorder.
Hushabye Nursery opened its doors in November 2021, seeking brave and enduring change rooted in the best available scientific research. Our dual licensure enables us to provide access to treatment and long-term recovery support that integrates healthcare and social services to keep babies safely with their families instead of placing them in foster care. Treating recovery as a process, not an event with matched sequenced services including parenting engagement and early access to treatment, early intervention paired with recovery coaches, parent-child therapy, encouragement, and frequent feedback from “lived-experience” peers, personal recovery safety planning, post-partum, and reunification support.
Hushabye Nursery offers professional education and training to the community to broaden our collective impact and provide scalable solutions. Disseminating and communicating the complex care initiative of our emerging multidisciplinary, cross-sector, stigma-reducing care model.
Our new care model, the only one in the nation that combines the treatment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) with continuous care for families, will serve as a model for other communities to replicate. The overarching program goal is to improve the physical and social health outcomes of infants experiencing NAS and their caregivers. Hushabye Nursery is exceeding NAS emerging models of care health outcomes after 8 months of operation and 100 infants served. Our model intervention has a meaningful impact on health and systems change. Our transformative model provides leadership for future growth and cost containment.
Addiction can steal the dignity and freedom of individuals, splinter families, and threaten the safety of our communities. Our founding neonatal nurse practitioners spent over twenty-five years in the field, learning more about the systems, techniques, and impact of the opioid crisis on the community. Embracing “outside of the box” thinking and looking for a better way to respond to this health crisis they used data to resourcefully work through and around problems creating change, impacting effectiveness, and designing scalable solutions. Our organization is committed to excellence and using evidence-based best practices.