As mothers and daughters we constantly carry our good maternal instincts. We hope that our mothers treated us just as well as we want to treat our own children. In Wisconsin, 28 year old Alicia Beltran thought she was putting her baby’s best interest forth when she told her doctor that prior to pregnancy she had a pill addiction. She took it upon herself to end this vicious hazard, but somehow still punished once her addiction faded and drug free.
Through media we constantly see and hear about these horror stories about pregnancies. Pregnancy should be an enjoyable and memorable experience. Situations such as the one Beltran faced will move women from doing the right thing to becoming scared and dishonest. We should be educating others that fetal alcohol syndrome is a proven but unpredictable threat, the impact of illegal drug use on newborns is generally less serious and more treatable than is popularly believed.
From this story, I am shocked that Beltran warned her doctors and demonstrated that she wanted what was best for her newborn but ended up being questioned, arrested and taken to trial. The to-be-mother was not trying to hide anything. Her urine backed up her statement about taking Suboxone to delete this pill addiction. Did the child’s life really depend on this?
This story creates awareness for me as a mother and as a daughter. Drugs are harmful, but to a certain extent. The treatment towards the mother was unfair. She “chose” to do what she thought was the right thing and give her doctors a disclaimer about her prior drug actions. In return, the doctors abused the trust. Why did the unborn fetus have a lawyer but the mother did not receive anything. This treatment makes me second-guess what information I should disclose with my doctors. As patients, our expectations are to have someone who appears “professional” to talk to, get advice from, and trust. As a mother I fear my freedom of choice in how I want to give birth as well as who is acceptable to lean on and trust during those nine months. One comment that Beltran ends on is her fear that once the baby is born that they can come back and take her daughter. If Alicia was my mother, I would hate to be born and later find out that my mother was abused unjustly by the court system. It is crazy to me that all of this could happen by one string of a situation and there was no intentional harm towards the daughter, if anything it was the opposite.
For more information visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/us/case-explores-rights-of-fetus-versus-mother.html?pagewanted=all