"We would be supplying the baby with ever-decreasing amounts of morphine and giving therapeutic care.''
Thomas Memorial has started a program to help mothers get off drugs before they deliver. The program offers counseling with behavioral doctors and drug screenings.
"We're on the edge of what we'll do next,'' Hedrick said. "I'm glad Huntington stepped up and did that; it's a great idea. I don't know if we'll be looking at that in the future, but we are seeing more and more. You never know.''
Maxwell said CAMC has been educating people on how to care for addicted babies on their own.
"We can usually transfer the kids out to the newborn nursery or a step-down area, so there is no overcrowding,'' Maxwell said.
"But this goes back for a few years. We've now educated people to take care of them, and we're not being stuffed up at the hospital. At this point in time, the unit is not overflowing.''