Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Substance Exposed Infants
June 3, 2022 -
 August 19, 2022
Select Fridays
7:30 AM -
 8:30 AM

This ECHO is exclusively for birthing hospital teams.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a clinical diagnosis and a consequence of the abrupt discontinuation of chronic fetal exposure to substances that were used or abused by mothers during pregnancy. Between 2010 and 2017, the rate of NAS increased nationally. Over 20,000 babies are born each year in the United States dependent on illegal or prescription drugs and suffer Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Birthing hospital practice standards for NAS/SEI family-centered care can influence this growing statistic, improve the neonatal hospital stay, and ensure a successful transition of mother and infant from hospital to home.

Learn how to implement best practices, alternative recovery interventions, and to support family formation by using plans of safe care and community resources. Experts in medical and social science will lead a dialogue and working sessions with your peers where you will discuss birthing hospital best practices and current quality improvement implementation. Together we can insure an optimal transition from hospital to home to ensure a safe and healthy first year for infants and their families.

Series Leaders

  • Kemi Alli, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Henry J Austin Health Center
  • Kaitlan Baston, MD, MSc, DFASAM, Division Head, Addiction Medicine, Medical Director, Government Relations, Cooper University Health Care and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Robyn D’Oria, MA, RNC, APN, Chief Executive Officer, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
  • Raluca Isenberg, APN, Cooper Center for Healing
  • Aubri M. Milano, DO, FAAP, Medical Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Cooper Children’s Regional Hospital
  • Nancy Narvell, MS, MBA, PMP, LSSBB, PCMH-CCE, Assistant Vice President for Operational Excellence and Population Intelligence at Cooper University Health Care

Learning Objectives

  • Implement best practice protocols (detox, attachment and safe delivery) for the care of substance-exposed infants (SEI) and delivering mothers dependent on opiates;
  • Facilitate hospital adherence to the recently adopted regulations NJAC 3A:26 for Substance-Affected Infants and amendments to the NJDOH regulations, requiring hospitals and birthing centers to report all infants affected by legal and illegal substances to the Division of Child Potential and Permanency;
  • Develop practice standards for SEIs and their families in collaboration with NJDCF for plans of safe care including: NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) recovery, family well-being, and child development during the first year of the newborn’s life;
  • Coordinate across agencies to offer greater continuity of care for families including collaborating with the NJDHS Maternal Wraparound Program and community organizations to expand substance-abuse education, treatment, referral and medical care for pregnant women and postpartum women.

Continuing Education Accreditation

To view the CE Accreditation for CME, CNE, CPE, Social Work, and LCDAC Credits, click here.

Additional Information

Information regarding the increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome obtained from Cureus, to read more, click here.

Information regarding the number of infants born in the United States with neonatal abstinence syndrome obtained from National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, to read more, click here.


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