Way to go, Aubrey! You are walking!
On a hot summer day at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, Katie, Aubrey's mother, looked down and saw Aubrey practicing her new skills of standing and balancing in the middle of a puddle. "She was squealing and having a great time. Before I knew it, she was taking steps! She was trying to walk"!
For every child and their parents, walking is a huge milestone. For Aubrey and her mother, Katie, it was even more so. There was a chance that Aubrey would have been born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, the medical term for drug-withdrawal symptoms, and not have been able to accomplish the typical developmental achievements many eleven-month-olds do.
After fighting an opiate addiction while pregnant, Katie found the help she desperately needed at Volunteers of America's Freedom House Program, the only residential addiction recovery program in Louisville that serves women while pregnant and allows them to bring their older children with them.
Because Katie got the help she needed, Aubrey was born completely healthy! Aubrey is one of 118 healthy babies born to mothers receiving Volunteers of America's residential addiction recovery services.
Katie is one very proud mother!
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