Advice on CPS being called after birth...

Katie - posted on 05/25/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm currently 23 weeks pregnant & extremely worried about what will happen after I give birth to my baby girl. I live in Texas & I'm currently on. 55 mg of methadone. My plan is to breastfeed, I haven't considered formula feeding at all, I really do want to breastfeed. This is my first child & im just really worried about what is going to happen whenever she arrives. Will CPS take her from me? Will I even get to breastfeed? I'm not sure what TX is like when it comes to this sort of thing. Please someone tell me anything they know.

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Sarah - posted on 05/25/2016

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Look, I worked L&D for many years, it was hospital policy that an addicted baby get reported to CPS. This is not a bad thing, you can get so much help at no cost via CPS. Do what you need to do, work towards sobriety and off methadone, but at 55 mg you still have a long way to go. If you wan to keep you baby, don't try to avoid CPS. If you are dishonest with the hospital staff you are more likely to lose the baby. Be honest, tell them everything (I promise they have heard it before) and get on with recovery. You'd best be sure you don't drop dirty for anything but methadone at delivery.

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Dove - posted on 05/25/2016

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I do not know anything about drug addiction and pregnancy. This would be a good question for your OB and/or the doctor that prescribed your methadone. Are they weaning you off it?

CPS is there to protect the kids. It's not a perfect system, but it is certainly better than if there were no system at all. Follow your doctors orders (and CPS if/when they get involved) and you will be a lot less likely to lose your child.

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2016

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You should expect CPS to be called. Unless you or the baby test for something other that methadone, you should not lose her. You can nurse her as well, but that must be under the direction of the pediatrician and your addiction treatment doctor. Your baby will be born addicted to opiates, she will enter withdrawal and need to be treated with morphine in little doses and stay in the hospital until she is drug free. She may not be able to nurse so investigate renting a pump to provide milk for her and keep your supply going. CPS it not there to punish you, but to help you parent safely. if you choose to not follow their requests, they will take her from you. So do as they ask.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/25/2016

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Um...so if you're on methadone, you are recovering from addiction?

If the baby is born with drugs in its system, it very well could mean t hat CPS gets involved. I guess it would be a question for your physician first, and follow their suggestions.

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