Season 1: Episode 6
Reframing Thoughts on Substance AbuseEmily Morehead, LPC, and Kobi Tobin, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPN, talk about reframing our thoughts on substance abuse during pregnancy. We hear from Kobi that there's no such thing as an addicted baby. The baby has a physical dependence to whatever the birth mother was taking. As an adoptive parent, ask for education and find out what the plan is from the medical team.
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Our Guest:

Kobi Tobin, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPN, is a certified neonatal and pediatric nurse. She graduated with her BSN from Sacramento State University (2012) and earned her MSN in Nursing Education from Midwestern State University (2017). She is passionate about caring for infants with NAS and their families in the NICU. Her Master's Degree, Evidence Based Practice Project, provided over 200 NICU nurses education on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and how to successfully interact with mothers with Substance Use Disorder (SUD).


Show Notes:

In this episode, we talked about:

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) 
  • Women who are abusing substances during pregnancy
  • Care in the NICU 
  • Adoption of children with the birth mother abusing drugs
  • The environment of the child after pregnancy 
  • Research about adoption versus staying with a substance abuser
  • How NICU soothes and helps infants after pregnancy 
    • skin to skin contact
    • soothing
  • The NICU nurse's role in the adoption process
  • Physical dependencies once the infant is born
  • Advice for women parenting a baby with NAS

Links and Resources:

NAS Resources from American Academy of Pediatrics

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