SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital is opening a special unit for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome.


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital is opening a special unit for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Thomas Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Paige Johnson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Baby STEPS will open this spring. The eight-bed unit is specifically for babies withdrawing from maternal drug use.
Johnson says the addition is a significant because there are not many similar specialized units in the state.
She says the hospital in South Charleston delivers between 900 and 1,100 babies each year and about 13 percent are diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
She said babies with the syndrome currently recover in the hospital's special care nursery, which has been at maximum capacity.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.