Post # 1
I am just curious.
Is it normal for hospitals to perform a drug test on a mother right before or after the delivery of her baby? I gave birth to all three of my babies at a hospital/medical center and I don’t recall having one.
Would there be a reason for them to drug test or is it just something that they automatically do? Is it something in their contract? Any comments?
Post # 3
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 # 4
What if there were no child services involved and the baby was healthy? Is it just something that they (hospital) do? ie: did they test me without my knowledge?
Let’s just say I know someone who was drug tested and I was a little upset because it wasn’t something that they announced that they were going to do.
Post # 5
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
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
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