The Madison Baptist Church Mission Board focused its July project on Lily’s Place, a facility located in Huntington that provides medical care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure and offers education and support services to families and communities to help recognize and manage the needs of substance abuse babies.
MADISON — At Madison Baptist Church there was an outpouring of compassion and concern for these infants and the congregation responded with needed items along with $3,271 that will help purchase much needed bottle warmers. On August 2, two representatives of Lily’s Place, Executive Director Rebecca Crowder and Rhonda Edmunds, director of nursing, were present for the Sunday evening service and accepted a check from the MBC Mission Board. They expressed their thanks for the generous donation and the church’s support of their efforts in providing this much needed service.
Ms. Edmunds pointed out that with one out of every five babies in West Virginia now born exposed to opiates before birth, our state is faced with a growing problem. “In its effort to provide immediate, short-term care of these infants, Lily’s Place provides non-judgmental support to mothers, offers counseling and support for families, and assists child protective services in determining the best placement for infants,” she said. “As we heal the infant, our goal is to connect families with recovery groups and available resources to improve the life of the baby once it is discharged from our facility.”
Lily’s Place has 16 nurseries that provide a peaceful environment for healing to take place while offering time for mother and baby to bond in a home-like atmosphere. “Our nursery settings are conducive to the low stimulus environment needed for a baby going through the weaning process,” Ms. Crowder said. “Lily’s Place is only one of two such facilities in the United States and will serve as a model for other communities which recognize the emerging crisis of substance abused infants, and we are the only place that offers help and support to families. We are truly one of a kind.”
Ms. Crowder continued, “At Lily’s Place we are here to support mothers and help them find the resources they need to be the parent they want to be. Our area for parental education offers regular classes to help new parents learn best-choice option for caring for their baby. In addition, Lily’s Place makes referrals to both faith-based and secular addiction recovery programs.”
Donations to assist with the services provided by Lily’s Place are appreciated and can be sent to: Lily’s Place, 320 7th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701.
Janet Yeager is the former editor and publisher of the Coal Valley News. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org