Philly.com: For babies born addicted to opioids, hospitals recruit volunteer cuddlers

Philly.com: For babies born addicted to opioids, hospitals recruit volunteer cuddlers

Updated: January 13, 2017 — 12:04 PM EST

As the 13-day-old infant scrunched up his face and squirmed in obvious pain, Addy Schultz tightened her embrace. The baby relaxed in her arms almost instantly.

"When he cramps up, I hold him harder and pat a little firmer," explained Schultz, 72, sitting in a rocking chair in the newborn intensive care unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "They don't like to be stroked or caressed."

"They" are the most helpless, hapless victims of the opioid epidemic:babies born addicted to the prescription or illicit drugs their mothers took.... [Read more at Philly.com]

 
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