(Closed) Drug Testing after Delivery?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wasn’t drug tested, but several of my hospital roommates on the maternity ward were because the hospital needed to know if they were still using so they could get the babies into the NICU as soon as possible. I imagine if any kind of child services/child welfare are involved prior to the birth or if the mother is a self-reported drug user that they might.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t know if I was drug tested after delivery but I know it was part of my practice’s standard prenatal tests.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

In a lot of hospitals this is becoming a standard so they are able to monitir the baby for any withdrawl symptoms. Moms that use drugs can be at higher risk for post partum complications as well.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

In some states, they test the baby’s meconium, which tells them if the mother used drugs during the pregnancy.  They don’t test all babies though, I think they look for certain markers, like low birth weights, etc

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