Janessa’s Story

Baby Janessa entered the world 3 weeks premature weighing only 4 lbs 12 ounces. Within her first week of life, she experienced tremors, blistered diaper rash, severe reflux, and was unable to breath without assistance. She cried inconsolably for hours on end in the NICU as she withdrew from the drugs she was exposed to in the womb. Janessa was diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and a congenital heart defect.

When Janessa was finally able to leave the hospital, her foster mom took her home, completely unaware of how to care for the unique needs of an NAS infant, but with a referral to Nurses for Newborns (NFN). NFN’s specially trained nurse went into their home, providing education and support on how to best care for Janessa as she struggled with poor feeding, poor sleeping, and tremors. Our nurse has been monitoring Janessa weekly, sparing her from unnecessary exposure to illness outside of the home and providing support to her foster mom.

Ideally, we would stay with Janessa for 2 years, continuing to support the challenges she will face at every developmental turn. However, NFN receives new referrals every week for babies just like Janessa and our capacity is not endless. Through the generosity of community members and partners, NFN is able to assist families like Janessa at no cost. Please make a donation today to ensure that babies like Janessa continue receiving the life-saving medical support they need!