Together Through NAS is a nonprofit founded in 2018 that supports caretakers of opioid-dependent babies with information and basic goods for comforting and soothing babies through their withdrawal symptoms. Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) require extensive care during their estimated eight weeks of symptoms, which can include tremors, sweating, sneezing, tense muscles, sleeplessness, digestive issues, and generally inconsolable behavior.
In late June, the Bain Capital procurement team participated in a two-hour workshop to assemble the boxes for NAS caretakers. The team assembled forty boxes filled with vital resources designed to ease a baby's discomfort and stress, such as educational materials, a journal, swaddles, pacifiers, diaper rash cream, Dr. Brown's bottles, and colic drops. Our group of supply chain experts created an assembly line with box builders, product packers, quality check and a line supervisor, whose job was to make sure inventory was constantly stocked for the packers. The line supervisor said, "Creating a supply chain out of this event made the process run efficiently and effectively. With the organization and the donations, we were able to produce forty boxes of goodies for the children and their caregivers!" These boxes will be distributed to Boston Medical Center's SO FAR program, Program Promise, and St. Luke's Hospital to be given to caregivers in need.