Newborn tests positive for meth after hospital gives mother Epinephrine shot during birth

During labor, doc's gave mom shot of Epinrphrine

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - It's supposed to be the precious moment every mother waits for.

"I just wanted to bond with my baby," said new mother, Natalie Rossman.

For Natalie and her husband, Patrick, that moment was shattered before it could ever happen.

"The nurse, she came in and basically said, 'We have some test results that show your baby's urine contains amphetamines or methamphetamine.' I froze. I didn't know what she was talking about."

Rossman said the nurse then told her she was obligated to notify child services.

"I thought I might not be taking him home, it was awful," Rossman said.

So Rossman began thinking back through those foggy hours of labor, back to the operating room where doctors took her when her heart rate and blood pressure began to drop.

"Because my heart rate was so low, they gave me quick shot of ephedrine, or epinephrine as they call it," Rossman said.

Epinephrine, or adrenaline, causes the heart rate to speed up.  Could it, she wondered, also have caused that dirty urine sample from her baby?

"We were able to track the hospital supervisor and caseworker down, and they came up to the room and basically we told them what our ideas were," Rossman said.

It turns out, she and her husband were right.  7NEWS contacted Exempla Good Samaritan, but citing patient privacy, the hospital sent us the following statement:

"To protect the privacy of our patients, we are unable to release any information about a patient or incident.  We follow all state and local regulations regarding the health and safety of all of our patients.  It is our goal to treat all patients with dignity and respect."

"I would've liked to hear an apology from the nurse," Rossman said. "It was not handled at all how it should've been handled," added Patrick.

The couple hopes sharing the story may prevent this from happening in the future.

"I don't know how they could rectify it, I just don't want it to happen to another mom," Rossman said.

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