What makes you a mother? Just because you gave birth? I think not. A mother devotes her life from the moment she knows she is pregnant to do whatever necessary to prioritize her child. For some it comes natural, for others it’s a little more work. I understand that. But what I don’t understand is how you can do drugs while you are pregnant? How can you snort a line with your huge belly in the way? Ugh! Okay so your addicted, fine go get an abortion (I don’t believe in abortions personally  but if your going to hurt your child then it’s probably in the best interest of the Child) or better yet check yourself into rehab!

In the NICU we see too many drug abusing “mothers”.  It also seems to go hand and hand with little or no prenatal care. Most of the time I just curse them in my head and pray they make better decisions from that point on for their child.  But recently a “mother” really pissed me off. She said that she wanted “everything done” to save her baby! Okay so this sounds natural for a mother to say except in this circumstance this ” mother” tested positive for street drugs at the time she came in in labor, these drugs are out of your system in about 72 hours, these drugs can cause a woman to go into premature labor, these drugs are why her child is fighting for it’s life at the youngest we resuscitate! The baby is so tiny that it’s skin is burned by our tiny monitor leads. The child has a 10% chance of survival and of that 10% about 90% have severe neurological deficits! And this doesn’t even begin to paint the picture of the torture a 23 weeker goes through. Point being you want everything done why didn’t you think about that before you snorted that line?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 01:36:20

    Hey Jen! I totally agree. I still see that crap here in WV and it makes me so angry. Then they complain about the amount of time their baby has to stay in the NICU and I want to say “Well, if you wouldn’t have done x, y, or z, they wouldn’t be here in the 1st place”


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