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Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy

Project NESST® offers support for substance-exposed newborns and their families.

Project NESST - Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and TherapyWe work with parents, caregivers, and infants to address the impact of substance use and trauma on parents’ mental health, the early parent-child relationship, and infant development. Services are available free of charge to families of all faiths and races throughout Greater Boston who are caring for infants who were exposed to opiates, cocaine, prescription medications, or other substances that may have contributed to challenges in the infant’s postpartum course or in the parent-infant relationship. Clinicians are also available to provide technical assistance and training to interested community partners on relationship-based treatment and care for these newborns and their families.

Services are flexible, individualized to meet each family’s needs, and may include:

  • Meetings to support physical and emotional health during pregnancy and to help plan for baby’s arrival
  • Support during the baby’s hospital stay and the transition from hospital to home
  • Infant-parent therapy sessions in the home, office, or community
  • Support and case management services from a Maternal Recovery Specialist who can offer connections to community resources, including recovery services
  • Consultation to address the baby’s unique development, sleep, and feeding needs, including calming and soothing strategies such as infant massage 
*During the public health crisis, all meetings, therapy sessions, and consultations are being conducted by phone or video chat. 

Download the Project NESST Release of Information form, which clients should sign in order to be referred.

Download further information about our services.

For more information or to make a referral, call 781-693-5006 or email

You can also reach the CERS Intake line at 781-693-1200 or email 

*Please note that we are still accepting referrals and following up on them virtually during the COVID-19 situation. 

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