There is hope.

Tara Sundem

As a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for 30 years, Tara Sundem was a frontline worker in the growing opiate epidemic, caring for the newborns suffering through opiate withdrawal. 

Her passion to transform the healthcare experience for them and their families led her to found Hushabye Nursery, a nonprofit dedicated to caring for opiate-exposed newborns in their first weeks of life. The 12-bed inpatient nursery opened its doors and its arms to these babies and their mothers in November 2020.

Hushabye Nursery has grown from an idea to “save the babies” in 2016, to a unique model of care for this underserved population that focuses on the family unit, both prenatal and postnatal.

The nursery has 12 rooms for inpatient detox customized for infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), where their family members can stay, and provides intensive outpatient services for all family members as part of Hushabye’s continuous care.

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Original air date: February 8, 2024.

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