Lacieann - posted on 02/21/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )
Do you think they should be charged with child abuse/endangerment? If so do you think there would be a trimester limitation (since they could be planning on aborting so they don't feel that they have to quit doing their drugs or whatever). If ingesting drugs while pregnant were a criminal offense do you think that alcohol and cigarettes should be included?
I ask mainly because children who are born after their mothers do drugs/drink usually have many health problems, and many require state or federal funded care. Do you think there should be procedures in place to help protect these babies before they're born? I know that a hospital can hold someone for psychiatric reasons if they are believed to be a danger to others or themselves. Do you think drug addicted pregnant women fall in this category?
On a side note: Does anyone have advice/experience with babies born whose mom used meth. I will be helping care for my cousin's baby and she's been using meth during her pregnancy. The baby is due in April 25th and I want to be prepared.