…that really make you wonder what is going on. I happened across one of those incidents recently, an incident that has reminded me of why I have little confidence in human institutions… and no, I’m not referring to anything you have heard about or seen on the nightly news.
It seems that a few weeks ago, a young lady checked into a Davenport, Iowa hospital to have a baby. Actually, she was there to have her labor induced early because of pregnancy complications. She did what every other expectant mom does, she signed all of the forms they gave her and went where the hospital personnel told her to go and let the doctors and nurses practice their professions. The next day, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, and all was well. The day after that, mother and child were discharged from the hospital; everything was still going along nicely for the next day or two, when she received a telephone call…
This particular young woman is a new single mom who shares an apartment with a female roommate, but after her delivery, she was spending a few weeks at her parents’ house so she can have some help with the baby until she can make better living arrangements; not an ideal situation to be sure, but there it is.
The call she received was from her roommate telling her that the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) had just been pounding on her door demanding to see the young lady and her newborn child immediately. Apparently they were very forthcoming with information, having told the roommate that they were investigating allegations of illegal drug use and child abuse on the part of the new mother, resulting from information provided to them by the hospital about a drug test they had given the newborn. Both young women were paralyzed with fear, for they had both heard tales of horror from other single moms who have had dealings with DHS.
The next day, DHS returned to the apartment; then the threatening phone calls began.
A few days later, she discovered what DHS was talking about; the drug test of the baby revealed that the baby had tested positive for the pain medication that his mother had been given by the doctors during the course of her delivery, which according to DHS is a cause of action to investigate child abuse, even though mothers are given drug tests before they receive any medication, and in the case of our young lady, that test was completely clean, according to the mom’s doctor who attempted to intervene with DHS; sadly DHS didn’t accept the doctor’s calls, while the hospital claimed they have no responsibility to intervene with the exculpatory information, and DHS claimed that no intervention would matter anyway, for the law does not allow a child abuse investigation to stop based upon anything other than meeting all statutory requirements, even if they find evidence that the original report was inaccurate, erroneous, fraudulent, incomplete or misleading.
Yep, there are instances under the sun that really make you wonder what is going on…
Anybody want to have a baby in Iowa?