Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome may suffer from tremors and difficulty eating or getting comfortable.“We have a cuddler step in and really comfort the infant, to the point where, most of the time, I walk in and the infant is fast asleep on the cuddler, looking very comfortable and not showing any signs of withdrawal at all,” Wachman told Fox 25.
According to Wachman, the program has helped to cut infants’ hospitalization time in half, while also helping 50 percent of babies heal without medication. The hospital has gotten 100 volunteers enrolled in the program since it started in December, with 150 more on the waiting list, Fox 25 reproted.
Program volunteer Pamela Turocotte said she became involved after watching her own grandchildren overcome neonatal abstinence syndrome.
“It fills you with so much purpose,” Pamela Turocotte, a volunteer, told Fox 25. “It’s amazing what one simple thing can do to change the outcome.”
Boston Medical Center said there are plans to expand the program in the spring.