May 13, 2022

Atrium Cabarrus, in collaboration with the SUN Alliance, are developing a prenatal education class specifically for mothers with substance use. The agenda for the class is identical to one offered to the general public and will cover areas such as what to expect during delivery , post partum maternal care and infant care but will also highlight potential behavioral effects of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and interventions to assist the infant in coping with signs of withdrawal.

The class will provide a safe space for women with substance use to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable discussing in a larger class composed of others who have not experience substance use. Questions regarding medication assisted therapy, how their pain will be controlled during labor and after delivery, what effects they may see in their newborns from medication assisted therapy and DSS involvement are among topics that will be covered.

April 11, 2022

As teams have begun adopting the Eat, Sleep and Console model of care for infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, the team at Catawba Valley created a tool to both improve parent communication with the healthcare team and aid in their understanding of withdrawal syndrome.

The tool is modeled after a traffic stoplight incorporating the colors of red, yellow and green. Each color corresponds with a set of infant behaviors with red indicating an infant in deep sleep that should not be disturbed to green indicating an infant ready for interaction. The tool is intended to aid parents in interpreting infant behavioral cues and provides suggestions for how to respond to their infant to restore a state of calm.

Additionally, a communication tool is provided for the healthcare team where parents can indicate behaviors they have found soothing to their infant as well as behaviors that were not helpful.

communication tool

November 4, 2020

As the kickoff for the initiative draws closer teams are attending webinars to bring them up to speed on everything they need to know regarding the plan of safe care and choosing and implementing validated screening tools

October 14, 2020

North Carolina hospitals are busy preparing for the kickoff of the clOUDi initiative putting together a Perinatal Quality Improvement Team (PQIT) to undertake the work including identifying a project lead who will be the main team, ensuring that the MD's on board are prepared to demonstrate engaged leadership, and sharing relevant policies and procedures with PQCNC.

January 1, 2020

It's January 1 - PQCNC and the Expert Team have begun the work of developing a charter, key driver diagram and metrics for this initiative in advance of a launch in January 2021. If you have experience, knowledge, expertise or interest in supporting the creation of such an initiative, please join us. We are calling on mothers, fathers, family members, docs, nurses, therapists, social workers, counselors, hospital and clinic leaders, addiction specialists, midwives, practitioners, public health officials, government leaders, and payers/purchasers of healthcare to consider joining us.

The only requirement for "Expert" is a willingness to read background materials we supply and commitment to joining us for perhaps one face to face meeting and 4 webinars over 6-8 months.

This is an initiative that is critically needed. We have all been touched in different ways by this growing crisis - to join the Expert Team please click here

If your facility is considering joining the intiative please click here and we'll keep you informed of next steps