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if you drink every day it WILL affect your baby, no argument there.
if you smoke pot, it will not, and I have yet to see a study that says otherwise.
I am the mom Arduinna was refering to. You will not be arrested for admitting that you smoke pot while pg to a healthcare provider. It was the only thing that kept me out of the hospital, I was unable to eat anything for 3 months at the beginning of ALL of my pgs. Yes, I have have used it to treat depression. It worked in both instances. All of my babies scored 8 or 9 on the APGAR, none were underwieght AT ALL. When I was visited by a pediatrician and a social worker after the birth of my last child in the hospital, I went over all of the literature they gave me with them. I gave them the example of the Rastafarian moms, they agreed with me about all of it. They told me that they consider it "a lifestyle choice" to smoke mj, that as long as we weren't dealing or doing anything really harmful, like coke or crack or heroine then it wasn't an issue, but that it was their job to follow up with mamas who have admitted this to their healthcare providers while pg. Their concern was that I would cross over to other drugs that WERE harmful. They wanted to know my reasons for choosing to do this, and I explained it to them. They wished me well and went on their way. I knew the risks, I am willing to fight for my rights as a mother. I know they won't take my kids away, I have looked into the legalities of it in our city and state, and read many posts by joyberryjoy here on mdc. If you have a question regarding the issue of the kids being taken away, she will answer your questions, her dh is a lawyer (and I think she is one, too, but I could be wrong and she just writes like one.)
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they didn't follow up because they can't, legally they have no authority to come into my home and accuse me of something they didn't witness, even if I admitted to doing it in the past. They have more to worry about than ppl like me.
I'm not interested in convincing anyone to agree with me or support me. So all of you nay-sayers can spew your venom at me all you like, I am not hurt by it, I have thought about this issue harder than any of you, you can be sure. I have done more research than any of you about it. I did not make this decision with no information or out of ignorance, and other than saying that, I am not going to go out of my way to defend myself.
I am, however, willing to have an intelligent thoughtful discussion about it and answer questions if you like.