Original article by Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 10 : 30-Jun-14
Volunteers drawn from the public are used at the special care nursery of Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne to help settle infants suffering withdrawal symptoms. Their mothers have used opiates or methadone during pregnancy, and the babies are very sensitive to stimulation. They can cause severe disruption to the ward. The program using the volunteers to do four-hour shifts was established in about 2004 by associate nurse unit manager Anne Robson. Neonatologist Thao Lu says the facility offers "multidisciplinary, non-judgmental care"