Just a ramble...I was reading, as I tend to do (probably waaaay too much) & ran across something regarding newborn drug testing. This reminded me of that OB I saw before my current one who's nurse made the comment about "drug testing me anytime she wanted" cause I was on a state insurance program & I was wondering, what is the norm with that kind of thing? Now, I am a pretty conservative person & certainly don't want to start a debate on this...I think if the mother is suspected of using drugs or has a questionable lifestyle, she should be tested, but with her consent (which, I read, is usually obtained when you register in the hospital). I know some states are required to test mothers/babies. However, part of me thinks it's kinda shady. If I don't want to do a cat scan, they can't make me...so why is it right for them to make me take a drug test?
I'm not, now, nor have I ever been a user of illicit substances & goodness knows, they wouldn't find anything on a drug test, but it seems so very invasive! One thing I read said that babies are catheterized in order to be tested?? I wonder if this is true? NOT COOL. I also read that single mothers are typically tested as a rule of thumb. That's just flat-out insulting. I don't like it & I don't like the thought of turning myself over to the state, really, just because I'm opting for a hospital birth. If someone asked to test me, then sure, I'd sign a waver. And once again, I realize it's in the mother's/baby's best interest to be tested if the mother is indeed a drug user. It just seems as though somebody's tottering on a very, very thin line...where do "our rights" end & "what's possibly right" begin?? And where the heck can a person find actual, official info on this topic, I wonder? Seems as though there's a lot of here-say out there.
OK, ramble over Carry on!!