Pregnancy: Social Community
17.3k Members
Avatar universal
Can your OB drug test you without your consent?
I am currently 26 weeks pregnant and have been seeing the doctor I am at now since I was 22 weeks. At my last appointment I had an emergency ultrasound and a urine sample was taken. I did not know that my doctor was going to used that sample to do a drug screen. I never consented one. I only knew once the results popped up in my chart. Of course everything he tested for came back negative as I do not abuse drugs but I did not sign anything consenting him to test me and I am very offended that he may have thought I was doing drugs even though I told him I am not. I know when you get admitted to have the baby you sign a consent form which is okay with me because like I said I don't do drugs. But shouldn't he have asked my consent first before randomly testing me?
9 Responses
Avatar universal
They absolutely are supposed to at least let you know what tests they are doing. However, apparently drug screens no longer apply. Especially for patients on state insurance "Medicaid", when I worked for the hospital I saw drs FREQUENTLY drug test w/o their knowledge. When I tried to include the code in the visit line, the lab supervisor called me personally and told me to remove it, even though the test was performed and in the patients chart. Usually,patients get an EOB from their insurance that details charges, but with state insurance, patients do not. So they never know.
Avatar universal
They don't need your consent. They are checking for the safety of the child. Many people say they don't do drugs that unfortunately do, they can't take your word for it. Sorry you felt offended, but I wouldn't take it personal.
Avatar universal
I don't know where your from but i was told that in the state I'm from it's the law that every pregnant woman gets drug tested at every appointment and if their tests come back positive for more than half the pregnancy they get the baby taken away when it's born and the doctor doesn't have to tell you.
Avatar universal
My doc office does a drug test without consent everytime. If it comes back that there are drugs in your system you will be dismissed.
Avatar universal
If it came back negative then what's the big deal? They are looking out for your child.
Avatar universal
Yes I seen that on my chart too I Think they should tell you
Avatar universal
I went to the ER a few years ago for severe chest pain and my eyes were blood shot from crying. when I got to the ER the doctor asked if I was on drugs because my eyes were so red I said no they were red from me crying he ran a drug screen and my insurance didn't cover it i was so mad.
Avatar universal
Every pregnant female gets tested where I'm from at the beginning at their first appointment but don't again until they have the baby. And they call child services if you have anything in ur system or the babies. But where I'm from they don't worry about marajuana it's more heroin and meth they worry about.
1 Comments
I'm now supervised with my babies because they found marijuana in my system. Me and my family can't even be home. ☹️
Avatar universal
Nope they dont need constant unfortunately they can test you when ever they feel same as hiv test my dr just did a randome hiv test on me without my consent witch im not really caring for as i dont mess around but they took blood to make sure everything was ok with me 4 days later i got a call i was clean and i just sat like yah ok i knew that
1 Comments
I think they test for HIV and herpes because both are need to know items for a baby coming and many with HIV don't know it.  (well, not many people have HIV unless you live in a country in which it is more common).  It's a safety precaution routinely done for baby's sake and my doctor did need my consent to run those tests.  Drug checks though, they do it in several ways.  If they suspect, they check.  They also often check the baby upon birth and if they are born with anything in their system, CPS comes to the hospital.  Always best to communicate with the doctor during pregnancy so there aren't any surprises.  good luck
Have an Answer?
Pregnancy: Social Community
17.3k Members
44.5k Questions
Popular Resources
Get information and tips on how to help you choose the right place to deliver your baby.
Get the facts on how twins and multiples are formed and your chance of carrying more than one baby at a time.
Learn about the risks and benefits of circumcision.
What to expect during the first hours after delivery.
Learn about early screening and test options for your pregnancy.
Learn about testing and treatment for GBS bacterium.