Do They Have The Right

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Shanna M. - July 30

I was just curious from reading the marijuana question below, does the hospitals in the United States have the right to test your baby for anything without your written consent? I am not condoning the use of drugs or weed during a pregnancy, but seriously, that seems like a violation of a baby's and it's parents rights unless it's clearly written out in a consent form and mom or dad signs it okaying them to take baby's blood for the test. Hmmmm, sounds very Orweillian and sinister to me if this is happening...I have a baby on the way and I am interested in if this is true or not. Do they have the right to do that?

 

yes - July 30

They absolutely have the right if they believe your child is exhibiting signs of withdrawal. They monitor all babies in the nursery and are trained to look for signs of health problems, including drug related health issues, in all newborns, regardless of race and/or socioeconmic status. Your written consent is not needed for them to take a blood sample and test your baby.

 

BBK - July 30

I know in New York state requires a blood sample to be tested against 20some diseases. The hospital just follows the law and sends the sample to the lab. We had to sign an acknowledgement, not a consent. Check with your state because I don't think it's a federal requirement.

 

Shanna M. - July 30

Oh dear. That is so sad. I had no idea that a baby could be so violated before it even begins to adjust to life on this planet. I can absolutley understand doing a test in the case of a baby exhibiting signs of withdrawl in the nursery, after other factors have been ruled out, but even then, can't mom and dad at least be notified? I guess it wont be long before someone's innocent, hyperactive 8th grader is pulled aside and tested against his will and parents knowledge at school because he's just too happy. Hmmmm?

 

a - July 30

why are you making such a big deal? Do you do drugs and are you scared they will find out?

 

E - July 30

Not only do they have the right, they have a legal obligation to do so, if they suspect the newborn is under the influence. They need to medically intervene if the child is withdrawing, and ignoring any signs could jeopardize the baby's health and the baby could die. The hospital would be liable if they did not try to find out why the baby was suffering and the baby died as a result of them not testing.

 

E - July 30

The true violation of a baby's rights is being infected with drugs while in utero. Just my opinion and I am fully aware many people on this board don't share it.

 

to Shanna - July 30

I am all for rights of people but don't get why you are making such a fuss about this. Wouldn't you want your baby tested to make sure that he/she has no immediate health problems? Sometimes, moms and dads are not the best to judge what is best for the baby - like mom's who are still high while giving birth...

 

kasper - July 31

long live orweil!! why don't they just install microchips after the PKU and other tests in discussion here. hey, they have the right, right?

 

HDF - July 31

I say test on, at what point would you care what a drug addict or alcoholic parent would have to say anyway...obviously they don't care about the well being of the infant anyway. Doctors have an obligation to care for his/her patients. Actually I wish that I could go into a doctor and he/she test me for everything without me even having to ask for it...how am I supposed to know what symptoms are? I'm not a doctor. I don't think that has anything to do with Orwell or microchips. If you have nothing to hide...why should it matter?

 

kasper - July 31

it matters to some conscious parents who do not want to traumatize their newborns, and want them to be gently welcomed into life on this planet. i agree with shana m. i don't do drugs, so why should i automatically be suspect of that when my baby is born? my cousin has a nervous twitch from the gulf war, so i guess doctors need to a__sume she's on crack and poke and prod on her and her child when it's born, too? i bet you are all for implants in our hands and the FBI having your DNA on file too. don't worry, those things are coming soon, thanks to people like you giving the okey doke to everything our society deems necessary.

 

Shanna M. - July 31

I hope this does not become a troll ridden thread. But, who ever wrote that moms and dads are not the best people to decide whats best for their baby, why do you feel that way? I can't speak for the people on drugs trying to hide it because i do not do drugs. I just can't imagine someone jamming needles into my helpless newborn just minutes old on the premise of some dopehead mothers have withdrawn babies. there has to be a better screening method for this.

 

HDF - July 31

Kasper, you're a bit of a conspiracy theorist aren't you? Don't be ridiculous...no I don't condone "implants". First of all, giving birth is not gentle, not for me and certainly not for the baby. I just want my child to be healthy and if my doctor sees fit to draw blood from her and perform a few tests on that blood, if it could save her from some disease that may not be found any other way...go for it. I don't want the government watching me as much as you don't, but giving a doctor the right to test for ILLEGAL DRUGS (notice the word ILLEGAL) doesn't mean the government is spying on you...it means you're doing something against the law and endangering your child. They would draw blood and perform other tests regardless. You can choose to not have your baby in a hospital. There are so many at home options these days.

 

E - July 31

It's not done immediately upon the birth. It takes, usually, several hours and sometimes up to 24 hours for an infant to show signs of withdrawal. It depends on the drug. I am almost positive that hospitals take a blood sample from all newborns and they usually test from that sample

 

E - July 31

Also, they do not screen blood samples from all infants for drug use, just the infants that are showing signs such as, tremors, rigidness, high pitched crying, loose stools, vomiting... If my infant were showing these signs, I would hope the hospital would notice and take some action.

 

E - July 31

My hospital drug tests the mother as part of the routine bloodwork done at the first visit.. this way if any drugs are found the mother can be counseled and hopefully will stop doing the drugs

 

E - July 31

That last post was to me and not from me... I think that is overboard. The only reason I would justify that is to avoid "labeling" people based on, here we go, race. Testing babies based soley on the color/race of the family. You know, I was worried about my son so I told my L&D nurse that I was prescribed percoset for pain in my last few weeks of my pregnancy (sprained sacrum/displaced hip) and they made a HUGE deal out of it, based on our last name (according to the social worker). Our last name is Hispanic. I asked them to monitor my baby b/c I was worried about any withdrawal that he might experience from the pain meds. He was fine but they called a social worker to my room anyhow. We set her straight when we told her to look in my charts to see that I was prescribed this medication from a doctor in the same practice. They eased up. Anyhow, they made my life hell until the social worker started to advocate for us and let everyone on the floor know that they were wrong for behaving unprofessionally. She thought we should sue the staff but I was in no mood, and had no time nor energy for such stuff. For anyone that wants to give me c___p for using pain meds in the last weeks, I could not walk anymore. Seriously. It was that bad.

 

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