But the failure was due to eating a poppyseed bagel, she said.
The mom from Tonawanda, NY, asked for a new drug test, but the hospital had to call Child Protective Services as part of their protocol.
Arriving at the hospital to give birth, Dominiguez was asked for a urine sample, and was subsequently left shocked when it came back testing positive to opiates.
NY mom Elizabeth Dominguez, 29, ate a poppy seed bagel hours before going into labor May 1.
"I called my husband freaking out saying, 'How is this possible?"
"I felt like a awful mother leaving him", Dominguez added. I just want everyone to know that this could happen. "I felt like a awful mother leaving him", Dominguez said of her child. It's such a awful thing and I don't want it to happen to anyone, ' she stated. But not all poppy seeds will lead to a positive drug test - it depends on whether the seeds are washed beforehand or not, which removes the outer residue.
Dr. Rainka says anyone about to take a drug test should know this.
Reports show Elizabeth did have a false positive because of the poppyseed bagel.
Elizabeth Dominiguez (right) was temporarily separated from her newborn son Carter after she ate a poppy seed bagel that caused her to test positive to opiates.
"Anywhere from one to three bagels with poppy seeds can produce positive tests on a urine toxicology".
A Maryland woman experienced the same situation in 2018. "I don't even take Tylenol - what do you mean?'"
A state caseworker went to Eden's house for a home check-up and she was forced to leave her baby at the hospital for five days.
She says all mothers-to-be should avoid eating poppy seeds so they don't experience the same trauma as she did.
Dr. Judith Rossiter-Pratt, chief of the OBGYN at St. Joseph Medical Center, where Eden gave birth, admitted to WBAL the hospital needed to make a change.
One doctor told the station that it's very possible that poppy seeds could trigger a false result.