Clinical Drug Testing of Pregnant Women and Newborns

April 17, 2019

Pregnant and postpartum women and their newborn babies are typically drug tested in medical settings without their knowledge or explicit, informed consent. Positive toxicology results are too often reported to government officials and used to support criminal and civil child abuse or neglect prosecutions. Such medical test results should never be used to prosecute women or accuse them of bad parenting. It is particularly concerning that these test results may not even be accurate or reliable. Read NAPW's fact sheet for more information about clinical drug testing.