Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Comprehensive Education and Needs Training (NASCENT)

To demonstrate that a regional approach to education is an effective method for creating awareness and increasing best practice utilization for opioid prescribing, and identifying and treating opioid-addicted women of childbearing age.

Deliver a response to the NAS epidemic focused on Hartford County’s providers, physician office practices and seven hospitals, as well as hospital providers in southeastern Connecticut.


  • Assess current opioid ordering practices
  • Evaluate provider and office practice knowledge of opioid addiction and NAS
  • Provide education to respond to learning opportunities
  • Measure post-education competency
Improving kNowledge to Decrease Early Elective Deliveries (INDEED)

Reduce non-medically indicated early elective deliveries (EEDs) throughout Connecticut

Providers will have processes in place to review and determine the appropriateness of each EED and, overall, fewer women in Connecticut will have EEDs.


  • Identify all EEDs as preventable harm events
  • Assess the reasons for each EED by performing a root cause analysis
  • Train staff and educate patients to prevent future EEDs


Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)


  • Decrease risk of opioid dependency in reproductive-age women
  • Improve care of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Specific Goals That Hospitals Choose to Pursue


  • % of mothers with opioid-related substance use disorder who receive a prenatal consult
  • % of all mothers who are discharged with < X number of narcotic doses\
  • % of newborns who room-in with their mothers
  • % of newborns who receive any breast milk
  • % of newborns who receive morphine in the birth hospitalization
  • length of stay for newborns
  • readmission rate for newborns

Human Infants with Mother's Own Milk

Promote breastfeeding exclusivity in the perinatal period
Increase the use of mother’s milk prior to discharge from birthing hospital

Increase perinatal education regarding benefits of breastfeeding and pumping