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Random Drug Testing in Prenatal Lab Work Ammo_Wife 2 kids; Arkansas 639 posts
29th Jan '08

When I went in for my bloodwork at my last OB appointment I was given a notice as to what had changed in thier prenatallab work.
At the bottom of the paper it listed that they are now doing random drug testing in pregnant women, and that it can be done at anytime you givea blood or urine sample.
So it got me wondering what everyone else thought of this
should it be allowed?
is it a violation of someones civil rights?
should the doctor have the right to know if the mom is using drugs so they can deal with any complications?
would you switch OB's if they started a policy like this?
do you think it may become standard practice like other lab work?

My personal opinion is it really doesn't make a difference to me since even if they do a random test nothing will come up on it besides maybe tylenol, but it really got me wondering since I thought unless it was specified for a job or something like that they could not do a drug test without consent, unless you were under 18 and the parents requested it.

zoemac 2 kids; California 117 posts
29th Jan '08
Quoting Ammo_Wife:
kmg 2 kids; Pennsylvania 18709 posts
29th Jan '08

I dont have a problem w/ that. Infact I think its a great idea.

☠Jenniefahhh 1 child; Djibouti 70797 posts
29th Jan '08

I wouldn't change my OB & I totally think ALL labs should do that.

squarehead sarcasticpants 4 kids; Arizona 36875 posts
29th Jan '08

i figure if you arent doing anything wrong...who really cares...

my stepdads niece (whom we adopted at the age of 6) had two children born addicted to meth....a random drug test would have shown her drug use, and an intervention could have been made (maybe?)

Hayden's Mommy-To-Be North Carolina 1947 posts
29th Jan '08
Quoting Ammo_Wife:
Hayden's Mommy-To-Be North Carolina 1947 posts
29th Jan '08
Quoting kmg83:
kitty la reaper 3 kids; Ohio 4071 posts
29th Jan '08

i don't have a problem with it. and i almost think it's a good thing. maybe save more drug babies from their fates. the only thing is it goes against your privacy rights. but know that i really think about it, they should make it standard law. i mean i have nothing agaisnt pot heads. i think that it is often much safer that drinking. however, i do feel that any drugs that are illegal and drinking ( and the abuse of legal ones) should be tested for. if a mother is irresponible enough to be taking drugs while pregnant, then that hnts that it will be come much worse after the baby is born. so yes.

Perplexed 1 child; Oregon 83 posts
29th Jan '08

I don't think they should do that unless they have a suspision. I would change doctors. I have heard that they doctors give the baby a drug test when it is born but i am someone who does NOT trust doctors.

Ammo_Wife 2 kids; Arkansas 639 posts
29th Jan '08
Quoting Hayden's Mommy-To-Be:
Heather&Landon! 1 child; Poplar Bluff, Missouri 2720 posts
29th Jan '08

I think it's a great idea. My OB actually does one with his blood work and if it comes back positive he contacts family service. If he has reason to beleive he will also conduct one at the time of birth.

Zoe's Momma 1 child; Virginia 349 posts
29th Jan '08

Honestly, I'd be against it simply because it violates your privacy. If they want to test for something, they need to have your permission to test for it, no matter what it is. Don't get me wrong, I don't do drugs now. But the point is that they didn't get your permission to be testing for what they are (be it drugs or protein). I don't think that anyone should be tested for anything without their permission. I think it would help women who give birth to drug babies avoid problems and be alert for complications coming from drug use, however they have to consent to the testing in my eyes.

mavila 1 child; Sherman, Texas 3374 posts
29th Jan '08

I would hope that all doctors would do itstandard just like they do for STDs. With a statement on the paperwork that is informing the woman of it of course.And if it comes back positive, that the doctor consult first with the *woman herself * rather than running off to tattle to CPS without the woman's knowledge. Just talking about the risks of the effects of drugs on the baby would probably have a lot of women enter a treatment program voluntarily. If the positive results keep up though, then outside intervention would be necessary.

Hayden's Mommy-To-Be North Carolina 1947 posts
29th Jan '08
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ItsMeAmy127 3 kids; Barre, Vermont 725 posts
29th Jan '08

I think it's a great idea. Maybe it will reduce the number of babies born with disabilities due to their mother taking illegal drugs or drinking alcohol while pregnant with no concern for their unborn baby. There are way too many innocent children born these days with problems that could have been avoided had their mothers been helped with substance abuse.