Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Simple to understand but thorough guide for people concerned for babies affected by drugs exposure during pregnancy.
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  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

“Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” is a course for You, if you want to find out more about condition that newborn babies may develop after being exposed to opioid substances or drugs during pregnancy.


In my experience greater knowledge decreases anxiety among parents and that by itself helps them cope with emotions during difficult times when their baby has to stay in the hospital and is being treated for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


Contents: First I will define all important terms. Then, I will talk about addiction during pregnancy and treatment options available to mothers and why it is important that they get treatment. After introducing that initial knowledge, we will concentrate on a newborn baby. I will explain what are signs and symptoms that occur in neonatal abstinence syndrome. I will talk about evaluation and treatment options for babies with NAS and their developmental outcomes after they go home. Suggestions will be given: how to react and care for a baby during the time when they go through withdrawal symptoms. Finely, I will talk about social and legal issues associated with addiction disease during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome.


During the course my goal is to present this difficult and emotional topic in a simple but thorough way. I am confident that if you put some effort into understanding NAS disease, you will be able to provide better care for your child or support your family member during these difficult times.


This course contains mostly video slide lectures, most sections have a printable hand-out with important information from the lectures. Finely, there are few optional quizzes where you will be able to test your knowledge.


The most important advantage of this course is that I will be available to answer all questions you may have during you learning journey. You will have access to questions board where you can ask for clarification on topics taught in the course.

Disclaimer: This course has only educational purpose and does not establish doctor-patient relationship. If you are a current or prospective patient of my practice please contact me and I will provide to you content of this course free of charge. However, I will not be able to refund you if you have already purchased this course.

What are the requirements?

  • Computer or tablet with access to internet and capable of viewing Udemy caurses. There is no special requirements for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to define terms: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Dependence, Tolerance, Addiction.
  • You will learn how common is addiction among pregnant women and neonatal abstinence syndrome among newborn babies.
  • You will understand what treatment options exist for pregnant women with addiction problems and why they need to be treated.
  • You will learn about symptoms, evaluation and treatment of babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
  • You will find out about different tests for drugs exposure available to health care providers.
  • You will learn how babies who developed Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome after birth develop in the future. Are they "normal"?
  • You will have better understanding of various social and legal aspects associated with addiction disease during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  • You will learn behaviours and techniques that affect positively your baby's development.

What is the target audience?

  • Pregnant women with substance abuse problem and their families.
  • Parents and extended families of newborn babies with history of exposure to opioid drugs before birth.
  • Nurses and social workers who work with patients affected by addiction problems.
  • Anybody who is interested in gaining better knowledge about substance abuse during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:37

Disclosures provided by the author of the course. The most important one is that this course is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice of any sort.

03:50

Brief description of the course. Explains what will be covered during this course.

05:36

If you are new to Udemy, I will show you how to use it so your on-line learning experience is stress free.

Section 2: Basic information.
05:35

You learn how to define such terms as: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Addiction and Dependence.

03:33

How common is drug addiction among pregnant women? How many babies suffer from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome each year in USA?

09:31

In Lecture 6 I will explain which drugs and substances cause addiction or dependence in mothers leading to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. We will also talk a little about other harmful substances for pregnant mothers such as: marijuana, nicotine, alcohol, cocaine and amphetamine.

2 pages

Quick fact sheet for Section 2.

Section 3: Before baby is born. Prenatal care.
06:47

Describing different paths leading to addiction. We need to understand women affected by addiction problems better, so we can successfully enroll them in treatment programs.

10:17

I discuss doctor's approach to diagnosing addiction among women who are pregnant and who are seeking prenatal care form family doctors or obstetricians. Our focus is on various questionnaire tools and drug tests.

07:44

Discussion of available treatment options for pregnant women with addiction problems.

02:23

List of helpful resources available to women with addiction problems.

4 pages

Summery of all the lectures from Section 3 - Before baby is born.

Optional quiz for Section 3.
5 questions
Section 4: After baby is born.
08:46

Who develops withdrawal symptoms after birth? How soon after birth withdrawal symptoms occur? Description of withdrawal symptoms that occur in newborn babies. What other medical conditions in newborn babies can be misdiagnosed as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

13:12

Description of various drug tests that can be used in newborn babies. Evaluation of severity of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome using symptoms' scoring tools. Description of different health care professionals who participate in care for babies affected by NAS.

07:10

Description of different measures/techniques that will help calm your baby when he/she is going through withdrawal form narcotic drugs.

09:38

Why do we need to treat babies affected by NAS with medications? When do we need to start medications for treatment of NAS? Characteristics of four most popular medications used for treatment of NAS.

07:41

Summary lecture, putting together all the information from Section 4 - "After baby is born"

4 pages

Fact sheet for lectures from Section 4. It covers: symptoms of NAS, evaluation of babies with NAS, treatment of NAS using non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic methods.

5 questions

Questions cover material from section 4, focusing on symptoms, evaluation and treatment of NAS in newborn babies.

Section 5: Other topics related to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
06:07

Discussion of social and legal implications that are important to consider if mother was using drugs during pregnancy or her baby is diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

05:58

Answer to the most important question for parents of a baby affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: How is my baby going to be affected in the future by exposure to opioid drugs during pregnancy and after birth?

OPtional quiz for Section 5.
3 questions
Section 6: Summary of the course: "Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome"
05:08

Short summary of the most important information you learned during this course. If you liked this course you can find more courses by this author on Udemy or author's website: www.NeoPedEdu.com. Thank you for taking this course.

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Instructor Biography

Michal Wisniewski MD, MHPE, "Passionate about Health Promotion"

Dr.Wisniewski (aka. Dr.Mike) is a physician and educator with more than 20 years of professional experience. He graduated from medical school in Poland, then obtained more training in pediatrics and neonatology from The University of Illinois, Chicago. He is board certified physician both in Pediatrics and Neonatology.

Having interest and passion for teaching, he obtained Master’s Degree in Medical Professionals’ Education from University of Illinois. Through his career Dr.Wisniewski worked in many different settings: University Hospitals, Under-served Hospitals and Community Hospitals with patients from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures. He enjoys most talking to his patient’s families and providing education on variety of health problems. He is also actively involved in many quality improvement projects related to his field of practice. Currently he is practicing medicine in North Carolina.

On personal note, Dr.Mike always wants to learn more and more. He is a dedicated self-learner and is studying Spanish and Italian languages on his own.

Dr.Mike believes that knowledge is power and all families and patients should get involved and gain more knowledge about their health issues; in turn increasing their chances for better quality of life and better health. He believes that utilizing digital and on-line technologies to teach about health we can impact positively all Americans' lives.

Expertise, Interests and Knowledge:

  1. Pediatrics, Neonatology
  2. Medicine
  3. Education
  4. Quality improvement
  5. Medical informatics

www.linkedin.com/in/wlodzimierzmichalwisniewski/

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