California Woman Claims Meth-Laced Breast Milk Not Cause of Her Baby's Death - page 2
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Aug 8, '11When I worked in high risk OB there was a definite hesitance to prosecute pregnant women who were using illegal drugs as they (the MDs, NPs, CNMs) were concerned that if the women were fearful that they would be in trouble they would choose to NOT seek prenatal care.
So, I believe those professionals walked a very fine line between educating and convincing those young women to change their health behaviors and encouraging them to feel safe and to continue their prenatal care.
Aug 8, '11Quote from df77A 12 oz can of formula ranging from store brand to name brand is about 11-25 dollars here. That is only about a few days supply of formula.Oh wow! I never thought about that. I always assumed they bought in bulk too close to the transition to cow's milk. How Magoo of me....
I formula fed and let me tell you, even on sale and with coupons I never was able to stock more than 5 cans at a time. This is 2 years ago too.
We see these thing all the time. As a matter of fact, we have gotten calls from the WIC office for a prescription for a certain formula because the parents are at the office trying to pick up the formula and claim their baby was on this or that formula (unaware that they needed a prescription). These kids were exclusively breast fed or fed EBM throughout their NICU stay. Were sent home with TONS of EMB that we were storing too. It is a business to some.
Now, if the formula they are requesting is not for special needs (Similac Sensitive, Similiac R.S, Alimentum, Nutramigen, Pregestimil, Gentlease, A.R, Enfacare, Preemie, etc), then WIC will give it to them (Ex: Similac Advance and Enfamil Lipil).
Notice the lots on Ebay and Craigslist all for regular formula
Not only are they taking from the next child in need but maybe the parents didn't qualify because they went $20 bucks over the income scale, but they are making a profit out of it too. It's sickening!!Last edit by Jessy_RN on Aug 8, '11
Aug 10, '11I don't usually post, but just wanted to add that once a person is addicted to something as powerful as meth or heroin the person really ceases to exist and all the maternal instinct and common sense they may have once had get drown out be the addict thought process. Having said that, I think there should be some sort of voluntary program where addicts can go get drugs in exchange for depo shots. or even sterilization. Sounds harsh maybe, but most addicts cannot function daily let alone manage birth control.
Aug 10, '11My mother was a drug addict and died a few months ago. She even knew enough to stay away from us which was tough when I was young but in retrospect was the best thing to happen in a horrible situation. This is making me so upset.
Aug 10, '11I am sorry for your loss, your mothers recent passing as well as not having her fully throughout your life. Please note that my suggestion was for a voluntary program. Those who are addicts and can make responsible choices would not likely be the ones lining up for such services. Regardless I can see how it would strike a painful chord for you and for that I apologize.
Aug 10, '11Quote from cstaticNo offense taken! I believe the same as what you wrote. I actually gave you kudos lol. What makes me sad is that these people put their kids through this when so many people want babies. I have a great step mom who is like a mother to me.I am sorry for your loss, your mothers recent passing as well as not having her fully throughout your life. Please note that my suggestion was for a voluntary program. Those who are addicts and can make responsible choices would not likely be the ones lining up for such services. Regardless I can see how it would strike a painful chord for you and for that I apologize.
Aug 10, '11Oh I saw that after I responded. That is fantastic you have the relationships you need, in my home we believe that family is made of experiences that create relationships, not bloodlines.
Aug 11, '11Sadly, This problem is so much more prevalent than we are told. My nice was also born from a meth addicted mother and was removed from her Bio mom at birth...it is heartbreaking to see what these children face not only the addiction but the entire process of being placed in foster care and the congenital defects that can occur. As it stands now the rights of the addicted mother are far more important than the rights of the unborn child they continue to expose to the drugs, so they can give birth to the baby and give it up or lose it, and then turn around and literally do it again over and over ...her reproductive rights are more important....they do a little jail time and next year again they are pregnant and giving birth to another addicted baby. I do wonder at what point is giving birth to several addicted babies enough for the state to stop them and say no more please sterilize. My niece is one of 6 children born to this one bio mom and all were addicted according to the state agency..dont know the actual details.