Richardson never went to a doctor for prenatal care and unsuccessfully tried to quit using heroin multiple times.
“It’s hard being a single mom and being in recovery. “I am that person that nobody thought would get clean, but it’s possible to change your life.” Kimberly Spence, a neonatologist at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St.
Louis, often cares for newborns diagnosed with withdrawal, typically putting them on a tapering dose of morphine to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
“We should be offering them more compassion.” But some doctors and caregivers are wary of pregnant women receiving opioid addiction treatment drugs, which carry the potential for abuse.
And child-welfare advocates and law enforcement officers are reeling from cases in which parents seem to choose drugs over their young children.
Such laws exist in Alabama and Wisconsin, and Missouri state Rep.