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Bad Choices During Pregnancy An unwritten dont ask dont tell policy in regards to pregnant women and what they put into their bodieswas once the rule and not the exception in our society What this means is simple doctors delivered infants without questioning the behavior of the mother If the infant was born defective in some way the mother paid The infant paid Society paid After all if the mother could not afford to provide all the care the infant needed because of special costs relating to a defect the welfare system many times provides assistance to make sure the infant is cared for As the infant matures and becomes a school-aged child special classes may be necessary in order to see that the child is able to participate in society in some way either as a totally self-sufficient adult or as an adult who needs care and assistance from state andor federal agencies The cost of caring for infants born with a defect that may have been wholly preventable is staggering The key word here is preventable The cost is one that is avoidable and it has taken our society until the second half of this century to decide to take action Studies were conducted that show three or four drinks a week of alcohol can cause fetal damage In fact studies also show that one of the leading causes of mental retardation is through alcohol abuse in the mother Expectant mothers who use crack cocaine run the risk of prenatal strokes and seizures in their unborn babies These problems continue after birth when the babies are born addicted to the same drug their mothers were addicted to These babies go through the same terrible withdrawl symptoms as do their mothers In addition to that the babies might also be born mentally retarded or worse Again these problems as mentioned above are completely preventable
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