Renee Parsons visits Hushabye Nursery

April 7, 2022

At Hushabye Nursery we focus on families whose babies are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.  Experiencing the struggles of babies exposed to opioids at birth, as well as the numerous challenges moms face, is heartbreaking. Hushabye Nursery is committed to supporting families in need. As a result, babies are brought through detox in the most compassionate and knowledgeable way possible: dim lighting, calm surroundings, and endless cuddling and rocking.  Moms, dads, or any other caregivers who remain with their babies throughout the recovery process are also provided with services, both before birth and during the recovery process.

In honor of March’s Women’s History Month, Renee Parsons visited Hushabye Nursery and spoke with Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tara Sundem. Learn more about Renee’s visit by visiting her blog at The Renee Parsons Website. Thank you, Renee Parson and The Bob and Renee Parson’s Foundation for all that you do for our community. 


Open House and Appreciation Luncheon

Please join Tara Sundem, Co-founder and Executive Director of Hushabye Nursery, and the Hushabye team for an open house on June 7 to see how we embrace substance exposed babies and their caregivers with compassionate, evidence-based care that changes the course of their entire lives. Lunch will be provided.

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This Phoenix nursery does what hospitals cannot, and it needs you

Most babies with NAS are treated in the neonatal intensive care unit. NICU teams do amazing work, and countless families owe their children’s lives to those dedicated nurses and doctors. But NICUs are not set up to treat babies with NAS. Hushabye Nursery in Phoenix is. NAS is what they treat. It’s all they treat. 24/7. It was founded by a neonatal nurse practitioner who has a unique understanding of NAS.

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Local nonprofit working to help babies, parents in opioid withdrawals

Since they opened, Hushabye Nursery has helped about 600 families through inpatient and outpatient care, according to executive director Tara Sundem. They care for babies 24/7 through soothing techniques and try not to do nonpharmacological treatments, though they do have medicine for the babies that may need it.

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Phoenix nursery provides model solution for newborns exposed to opioids

In central Phoenix, Hushabye Nursery is home to babies born withdrawing from addictive substances they were exposed to in the womb. They spend their first days of life in dimly lit rooms equipped with cribs, changing tables and adult-size beds so their parents, many of whom are still in recovery, can stay with them. Framed prints on the walls read: Inhale. Exhale.

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Babies in Recovery as Opioid Crisis Continues

Pregnant with her second child, Clarissa Collins was at her methadone clinic when a woman walked in with a box of doughnuts and a baby doll. The woman, Tara Sundem, was partway through a five-year effort to open Hushabye Nursery and launch a novel family-focused program that would treat substance-exposed infants and offer care and support to their caregivers.

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