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When my preemie twins were in the NICU over eighteen years ago, there was a little black baby boy in the incubator next to them. No one ever came to see him. In fact, he didn’t even have a first name, so the nurses called him “Mr. Veland” as Veland must have been the mother’s last name. Mr. Veland was a “crack baby”. A crack baby is the term used for a child born to a woman who used crack cocaine during her pregnancy. Using cocaine during pregnancy can affect a pregnant women and her unborn fetus by causing a miscarriage, preterm labor and/or low birthweight. Cocaine-exposed babies tend to have smaller heads and smaller brains plus have an increased risk of birth defects and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Cocaine may also cause an unborn baby to have a stroke, heart attack or irreversible brain damage.
I felt so sorry for Mr. Veland, yet knew there was nothing I personally could do for him. I had my own babies to worry about. I recently found the journal I wrote when my twins were in the hospital and wrote about poor Mr. Veland. I hope some good-heartedly family took him in and adopted him so he can live a better live than his mother did. And I hope she found her way to the Bradford addiction rehab facilities.