First Lady Melania Trump tours Boston Medical Center

Protesters hospital staff doctors and nurses line the lawn of Boston Medical Center where they protested the visit of first lady Melania Trump to the hospital

Two workers were spotted having written, "We really care, do u?" in large letters on the backs of their white lab coats, a play on the "I really don't care, do u?" jacket the first lady wore on her trip to and from an immigration intake center in Texas a year ago.

The first lady will learn about the hospital's Cuddling Assists in Lowering Maternal and Infant Stress (CALM) Program developed to treat babies born with NAS, the East Wing announced earlier this week.

- Scott McDonnell (@ScottMcDonnell_) November 6, 2019Doctors, nurses, other staffers at Boston Medical Center protest Trump-admin visit.

Girard, who's been at the hospital for 26 years and sees immigrants "from all over the world, not just Latin America", characterized the First Lady's visit as a "photo op" as opposed to a learning experience, as Trump administration officials had described it this week.

A couple of protesters went as far as wearing white medical-looking jackets with, "We Really Do Care Do U?" written on the back.

Protesters signs read: "We Care for All!" and "Exceptional Care, No Exceptions!"

The first lady noted that she's focused on such assistance as part of her own Be Best initiative.

First lady Melania Trump, left, speaks with pediatrician Eileen Costello, front right, as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, behind center, looks on during a visit to Boston Medical Center in Boston on November 6.

Trump toured the hospital's pediatric unit and met with families and children who have completed substance programs at Boston Medical Center. The intention of her trip was not immigration, but "Be Best", her multi-pronged platform addressing the health and wellness of children.

"This is entirely in support of your BeBest campaign", Costello said.

One user called Dee savagely said: "The only thing the first lady knows how to cuddle is her bitcoins and diamonds, probably stuffed away in a vault in Switzerland".

First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday to meet with caregivers and administrators of a pioneering program that uses cuddling to help infants who are born dependent on drugs or alcohol.

Outside, as many as 200 workers at the hospital and others gathered to protest the visit, condemning the tough immigration policies of President Donald Trump's administration that they say discourage immigrants from getting health care.

Word of Trump's visit has sparked days of intense discussion at BMC, turning an otherwise nonpartisan event into a controversy that highlights the deep divisions that have proliferated here and across the country since Donald Trump became president.

"Two-thirds of our patients have some form of government insurance, and our health plan is the largest participant in the state's Medicaid accountable care organization, so the opportunity to highlight the innovative work we are doing is critical to ensuring that we are able to continue to deliver on our mission well into the future", she added. Non-pharmacologic treatment approaches included parental presence at the infant's bedside, skin to skin contact, and breastfeeding as first-line treatment.

"Neonatal abstinence syndrome is one of the most heartbreaking parts of the opioid crisis", Azar said.



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