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Hushabye Nursery launches $1M match campaign serving babies surviving detox

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Hushabye Nursery provides a therapeutic environment, short-term medical care and social services for infants suffering from NAS, along with outpatient services and resources for families experiencing opioid use disorder. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
matches Hushabye Nursery campaign

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is offering a $1 million match to support Hushabye Nursery’s inpatient detox nursery and recovery center for infants experiencing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

The match campaign has kicked off and provides a dollar-for-dollar match for donations received through April 15, 2023, according to a press release.

“We’re so grateful for The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation’s on-going support,” said Tara Sundem, Hushabye Nursery co-founder and executive director.

“A baby is born every 15 minutes with NAS resulting from prenatal opioid exposure. Our approach is distinctly different from a typical hospital neonatal intensive care unit. We provide a private, quiet room with dim lighting for the babies to be cared for as they go through withdrawal. We also include mom in the baby’s care and connect her with resources to support her recovery.”

Hushabye Nursery provides a therapeutic environment, short-term medical care and social services for infants suffering from NAS, along with outpatient services and resources for families experiencing opioid use disorder, representatives report.

NAS affects newborn babies who were exposed to opioids in the womb and requires a complex and painful detoxification process in the days following birth.

“The struggles faced by babies born exposed to opioids are heartbreaking, as are the many challenges faced by their moms,” said Renee Parsons, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “Hushabye Nursery is providing the kindest of care. Their model is not only compassionate but proving to be more effective than current hospital standards.”

Hushabye Nursery’s innovative approach is treating substance-exposed infants in only six to seven days, compared to an average 21-day stay in a traditional hospital.

Created by neonatal nurse practitioners, Hushabye Nursery is the only NAS nursery nationwide to integrate health care and social services based on keeping infants safe and families involved in their care and recovery. They were just named one of 10 organizations around the country for the first-ever Behavioral Health Recovery Innovation Challenge by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“The thought of a baby withdrawing from opioids is unimaginable, yet it is a reality that many families are facing,” said Bob Parsons, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “Hushabye Nursery is providing hope and compassionate care, not only to newborns but to their entire family.”

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