Caring, chaos and the vulnerable family: experiences in caring for newborns of drug-dependent parents.

BACKGROUND Infants exposed to intrauterine drugs present a number of challenging features with which the new mother is faced. They can be irritable, unresponsive, and unpredictable. Available treatments require specialised neonatal care for the first four to six weeks of life; a critical time for the parent-infant attachment relationship to develop… (More)