ENGLEWOOD — Jill Kingston and Deanna Murphy, co-executive directors of Brigid’s Path, provided the Northmont Rotary an overview of the new service about to be launched in Kettering to help drug addicted newborns.
Every day in the Dayton region, babies are born dependent on the drugs their mothers take during pregnancy. A heroin epidemic is ravaging our community and in turn, addicting unborn babies. These babies go through a difficult withdrawal after delivery. This process is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
Brigid’s Path offers these babies an alternative to the traditional medical model of the hospital Neonatal ICU. They are taken to a home-like setting with a qualified health team in place to work directly with families to help them all find recovery.
One of the keys to helping the babies is to not only ease them off of their substances but also to provide mothers and families a nonjudgmental, safe place to bond with their babies.
The Northmont Rotary Club meets at noon each Tuesday at Good Samaritan North Health Center, 9000 N. Main St., Englewood.