A California woman almost lost her newborn baby after she tested positive for methamphetamine, even though she never used the drug.
Maggie Downs, a writer from Palm Springs, California, was several hours into labor with her first child when a nurse confronted her in the hospital bathroom and told her that she had tested positive for methamphetamine.
Confused, Downs joked awkwardly in response.
“Well, I’ve always been a positive person,” Downs told the nurse, according to her account on Narratively.
But Downs figured it was just a mistake. So when the nurse asked her to urinate in a cup for drug testing, she did so without hesitation.
But it came back positive again.
As she went through the pains of contractions, she was told that she’d be unable to breastfeed her child.