Federal law mandating hospital pregancy testing
Kylee Sunderlin, the Soros Justice Fellow at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which provides legal advice and advocacy for pregnant women, says she’s seen the number of cases like Moman’s “ramp up” in the past year or so, and that there is no one broadly-accepted protocol for dealing with them.
“Some people assume [the protocol for opiate-maintenance NAS cases] is state-by-state,” says Sunderlin. You can have counties right next to each other where one would not bat an eye at a baby diagnosed with NAS [and experiencing withdrawal from Subutex] and would allow parents and doctors to proceed as they wish.
“You have kids staying a really long time,” says Massatti.In months when she has been without health insurance, she has paid hundreds of dollars a month for it. When she delivered her baby on July 26, 2013, he appeared healthy.But 94 hours later, he started showing signs of withdrawal, including loose stools and crankiness.“It’s not like in a day you’re gone.” Lawmakers have proposed various approaches to this problem, some punitive.Depending on where they live, women who give birth to babies showing NAS symptoms or testing positive for opiates, including Subutex, may be subject to child welfare involvement, mandatory drug treatment, or even prison.
He was diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which can manifest itself in a range of symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, and seizures.