To help women with drug addiction
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Bringing criminal charges against pregnant women who need help with addiction will not help decrease the number of infants exposed to drugs during pregnancy. This will only increase the number of pregnancies that will not seek out prenatal care, hide their addiction or drugs they our taking, and/or deliver infant at home. This will place more risk on the mother and baby for they will fear seeking the help they need. Not to mention if mother is in jail from criminal charges, who will raise the baby. Department of Children Services and Foster Families are already overwhelmed and not enough case workers for the many.
We need to put in place programs to give women hope and help with their addictions. Programs that can monitor mother and baby, helping to keep them together. Programs that can start with prenatal care and follow beyond delivery for support during a challenging time. One cannot go through detox programs while pregnant for it puts the mother and baby at great risk. We should be helping them by getting them into a rehab program, monitoring dosages while pregnant and weaning them once delivered. Once delivered we should be providing support on caring for their baby and staying off medications they were addicted to.
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