Who We Are
Hands of Hope is a comprehensive one-on-one mentoring program developed by Metro Drug Coalition (MDC) for new mothers (mentees) in addiction treatment and/or recovery. The mentees will be matched with other mothers, (mentors) who are stable in their recovery journey, to help them navigate the challenges of maintaining sobriety while parenting a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or drug-exposed baby.
More than 69,000 Tennesseans struggle with addiction. In 2016, over 1,000 babies were born drug dependent and of those babies, approximately 100 were born in Knox County. (Tennessee Department of Health)
What is NAS?
When pregnant women take prescription medications or other drugs, their baby may be born drug-dependent. This condition is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). A baby born with NAS can suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as: fever, seizures, blotchy skin, continuous crying, rapid breathing, respiratory problems and extreme sensitivity to sounds and light. Some babies’ symptoms are so great that they will require hospitalization, intensive care and medications for several weeks to keep them comfortable and safe during the withdrawal process.
MDC's goal at the end of the commitment period is for our mentees to maintain sobriety, create a healthy home environment for their family and be an engaging mother.
How Can You Help?
Are you a recovering mother wanting to give back and interested in being a mentor?
Do you know of or are you a first-time mother who could benefit from this program? Are you interested in donating? Please contact Courtney Niemann at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Metro Drug Coalition would like to express a special thank you to Trinty Health Foundation and Mount Rest Fund of East Tennessee Foundation for providing the initial funding and support of this campaign.