Here in the United States, we witness a continuing increase in heroin and prescription drug abuse. The number of children addicted to heroin and prescription drugs has increased as well. In an attempt to safeguard infants, many hospitals and medical centers have has cracked down on observation of new mothers. However, we witness unfortunate consequences for drug-free mothers being deprived of access to their newborns.
Proceeded to Take Away the Newborn Baby
For Tiffany Langwell, the situation was quite dire. For mothers, the first week with her newborn consists of getting acquainted with her newborn (at least it was supposed to be). Against medical advice, Langwell left the hospital early due to the fact that she and her newborn were doing well. Tiffany Langwell was confronted by a child welfare representative the next day. Child welfare offered Ms. Langwell a drug test on the spot, because her saliva was deemed “too thick” as the results returned inconclusive. That is when the agent proceeded to take away the mother’s baby and place the newborn in foster care.
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Child welfare took the infant into protective custody; they stated the hospital employees reported that Ms. Langwell, her fiancée and his mother had all displayed signs of substance abuse in their shaky demeanors. Allegedly, Ms. Langwell had pill bottles, which hospital employees noticed. She appealed that they were merely iron supplements.
Wrongly Accused of Prescription Drug Abuse
Ms. Langwell gave birth to her baby at Desert Regional Medical Center. A hospital representative expressed no regrets with the initiative they assumed in alerting the protection of the child.
Later, Ms. Langwell learned that she had been reported as acting antagonistic. She claimed that she doesn’t recall any incident where she did or say anything that was insubordinate. She attested to the fact that was merely sleep deprived and in pain.
Thankfully, this unfortunate, but true story has a positive ending. A mother of two, Ms. Langwell had to wait an entire week before she was reunited with her newborn baby. Sadly, her story is not the only one of its kind. Although, Ms. Langwell reunited with her newborn daughter, 98 percent of the time this is not the case with other new moms due to provided evidence.
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