In effect, when a pregnant woman chooses to use drugs, she is replacing the umbilical cord with a needle and injecting her unborn child with whatever drug she is injecting into herself, destroying the childs life before it has even begun.
I painted this painting in response to once having met a woman who, at the time, was addicted to heroin and was also intending to have a child while harbouring this addiction, seemingly without any regard to any adverse effects on her baby or herself or thier future together, assuming that they both survived.
There are many issues associated with heroin use during pregnancy including the mother passing on, not only her own addiction to her child and running the risk of the newborn baby suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which is heroin withdrawal symptoms in the child, but there is also the risk of the mother passing on to her child any blood-borne viruses that she may have picked up while sharing needles, if she had ever done so.
These are just a couple of the complications implict in the use of heroin while pregnant and it touches upon other broader issues like, unplanned pregnancies, mental health, abusive relationships where some women find themselves in impossibly difficult circumstances and feel powerless to change, it is not my intention to pass judgement on any women in these kinds of situations, it is only to make a statement about the specific act of choosing deliberately, without any pressing circumstances to influence the decision, to use heroin while pregnant.
Oil paint on 3ml, MDF.