I suppose it will be in a sort of 'shock' being born and withdrawing all in the same week... ( I always bathed my son in chamomile tea (just a make a mug and add it to the bath) seemed to help him be calm and sleep. Good luck and well done!
If the baby is fully addicted (which it probably is) then it will spend the first month of life in a special care unit weaning/withdrawing off the drug, I don't think you would be expected to care for such a sick baby so soon after birth - I am of course open to correction. If you are expected to care for this baby immediately postnatally, then you should be made very aware of the help available to you and the baby, medically and otherwise, good luck with it all.
earthmother my friend took her nephew who she adopted as her ds at a few weeks of age straight from the hospital with drug dependancy (Ireland so different rules for fostering within family), the only way she could get him to sleep was tight swaddling because he was basically going cold turkey and would make himself jump all the time. Anything you need to know I can ask her.
I don't know - sorry. The little I know was from chatting to the foster carer of a little boy who was born to an addicted mother, and when I met him, had a brain tumour aged 18 months. I remember him so well as it was such a sad story, and his foster mum was so fabulous
I obviously knew she was small but opening the door to the sw's and seeing her for the first time made me gasp.
She is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
She is a very slow feeder and it is very obvious when she needs her medication. I had forgotten how piercing a drug dependent baby's cries are. She is quite jumpy and doesn't sleep for longer than 10 minutes at a time, hence the silly-o-clock posting.