• Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

    October 12, 2017: Opioid addiction is a national epidemic that reaches beyond drug users to, in some cases, their newborn children. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs when an infant is born having been exposed to opiates through his or her mother, and experiences withdrawal after birth.

    In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a team of health care professionals, who collaborate to treat NAS, share their insights about this condition. Neonatologist Divya Rana, physical therapist Bertie Gatlin, and occupational therapist Kalyani Garde discuss signs and symptoms, treatment in the hospital, and aftercare.

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    Divya Rana, MD, is a neonatal physician in Memphis, Tennessee, and is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and the Regional Medical Center. She is board-certified in pediatrics and neonatal–perinatal medicine. She has lectured on the topic of NAS, and is presently involved in several research pieces concerning the topic.



    Bertie Gatlin, PT, DSc, is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. She is an assistant professor at Emory & Henry College in Marion, Virginia, and adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Physical Therapy. She has more than 28 years of experience providing physical therapy care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), follow-up clinic, and outpatient pediatric services. Her research focus is on the sound levels in the NICU, wound care practices for the premature infant in a NICU setting, and obtaining norms for children in the United States on the Infant Motor Profile.



    Kalyani Garde, OTR, has more than 17 years of experience as an occupational therapist  specializing in pediatric neurology. She has worked in a variety of settings including, acute care, outpatient, early intervention, and pediatric private clinics. In the NICU, she advocates for family-centered care and infant massage instruction. She also educates incoming interns about the role of occupational therapists in the NICU, with a focus on the neurodevelopmental approach.