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FOR BABIES WITH OPIOID WITHDRAWAL, A MOM-CENTERED APPROACH

Soon after learning she was pregnant, Nichelle LeBlanc was told her baby could have tremors, diarrhea, difficulty eating, and excessive crying soon after birth — symptoms of a newborn going through withdrawal from opioids.

LeBlanc of Middletown was hooked on heroin for about six years, on and off, after trying the drug for the first time when she was 19 years old.

After becoming pregnant, LeBlanc started medication-assisted treatment for her addiction, which is considered by many to be the standard of care for treating pregnant women addicted to opioids.


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