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Hospitals to report babies of dr*g addicts upon birth

Some hospitals are changing how they handle cases where babies are born exposed to drugs. Previously, mothers like Kirsten Puccio faced reports to child services just for taking prescribed medications.

Puccio’s doctors prepared a plan for her child’s care, leading to a quick case closure. However, many mothers face prolonged battles.

Hospital to report babies of dr*g addicts upon birth

Deaths from drug overdoses among pregnant and postpartum women have surged, yet stigma and limited resources hinder access to care. But change is happening.

Hospitals like Mass General Brigham will now only report if a child is at risk, not just exposed. This shift recognizes that substance exposure doesn’t equate to neglect. Multidisciplinary teams will assess each case, considering the family’s needs.

Hospital to report babies of dr*g addicts upon birth

This approach aims to support families and improve outcomes, recognizing that punitive measures harm both parents and children. It aligns with broader efforts at the state and federal levels to protect families seeking necessary healthcare.

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