What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?
Neonatal abstinence syndrome is what happens when babies are exposed to drugs in the womb before birth. Babies can then go through drug withdrawal after birth.
Almost every drug and medicine passes from the mother’s bloodstream through the placenta to her unborn baby. If the mother uses street drugs, it can also cause the unborn baby to become addicted. At birth, the baby continues to need the drug. But because the drug is no longer available, the baby goes through withdrawal.
"You stand there, and you watch your own child go through something you’re not willing or wanting to go through yourself, and you have to stand there and watch that, knowing that you did that to them, and it’s awful."