Hospital Care of the Opioid Exposed Newborn | ME SUD Learning Community

Have you ever wondered how newborns exposed to opioids (prescribed and not) in-utero were cared for after birth? In this talk, we will cover what to expect and help you become more comfortable counseling your patients who may care for opioid-exposed infants.  We will also cover historical practices and the recent shift to the “Eat, Sleep, Console” method and why this is a much better patient- and family-centered approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the history of hospital management of “neonatal abstinence syndrome” (NAS) and provide context for advances that have occurred in this realm in the past decade
  • Discuss the Eat, Sleep, Console (ESC) protocol as an evidence-based tool in the treatment of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS)
  • Review that ESC focuses on the comfort and care of substance exposed infants by maximizing non-pharmacological methods, increasing family involvement in the treatment of their infant and “as-needed” use of morphine

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


  • Meredith Jackson
    Meredith Jackson

    Meredith Jackson, MD is a Newborn and Pediatric Hospitalist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and has been in practice since 2015. As the Director of the Newborn Teaching Service and the head of Safe Sleep initiatives at Maine Medical Center, she takes a strong interest in preventative newborn care. Originally from Massachusetts, she attended medical school at the University of Vermont and did pediatrics residency here in Maine. She has two young children and loves being so close to the ocean.


Jul 24 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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