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can the state take a new born for mom not getting prenatal care

my friend is 8 months pregnant and has not received care she has gone to ER to check and make sure baby was okay through out pregnancy baby is growing perfect but she hasn't gone because of how her baby was conceived she scared now that she could lose her little girl?

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Asked by anonymous1108 at 6:32 AM on Dec. 4, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • If she is otherwise taking care of herself and NOT smoking, doing drugs or drinking alcohol, then I believe, while it's not in her child's best interest, the state will not take her newborn away. Unfortunately there are many women who do not have health insurance (whether by choice or cost), or are in severe denial about their pregnancies, and some women (though rare) don't find out they're pregnant until they are 5,6, or 7 months along or when they suddenly deliver a baby!

    If she is NOT taking care of her body and her fetus, THEN a court could rule that her newborn be taken away.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:47 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • The probability of the child being taken away over a lack of prenatal care is slim to none. If she has gone to the ER to have the baby checked then that is considered prenatal care (for legal purposes). She's fine. No one is taking her child unless she's actually done harm to the child and it's proven.

    Answer by admckenzie at 6:50 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Absolutey not. No way in hell. She could get an abortion while pregnant, but not check in at the ER for a check up? Many people don't believe in going to a doctor while pregnant, and delibaratly don't get care and birth children unassisted at home and still have their babies. Is it risky, yes. Is it illegal, no.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 7:17 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Oh yeah, I know teens and young women that hid their pregnancies and got less care than that and never had an issue with CPS. As long as she is taking care of her child properly when she is born there is no reason for CPS to be involved.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 7:19 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • No. In some countries prenatal care was not a requirement.They all turned out ok. So I highly doubt it.

    Answer by mamacita69930 at 7:29 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • There are plenty of great moms who choose not to get prenatal care. And it isn't really as if your friend isn't getting prenatal care, she's been to the ER- that counts as care. Some women choose to go without medical intervention and that is perfectly fine. No one says you have to subject yourself to routine exams just because. If there are other factors (living conditions, alcohol or drug use, domestic violence, etc.) then the lack of care could be used against her, but I doubt it would, on its own, be a reason to loose a child.

    Answer by fancyjane at 10:37 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

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