Baby taken away from family by the state for having a home birth

Karla - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )




I was just wondering what some of us debate moms think about this. A family in Indiana had their daughter, Ruth, at home with a midwife which was against the advice of medical professionals, who were "highly recommending" she have a c-section. Apparently someone decided to press charges against the parents and the state actually took the infant away from her parents. After months of fighting and legal battles they now have the "privilege" of seeing their daughter for 8 hours a day with supervision.
So do you think they deserve it, don't deserve it, should the government even have the right to do something like this, what should be done if they you think they don't have the right, and so on...

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Isobel - posted on 09/03/2010



282 guess is that she didn't even have a midwife...since most midwives would have nothing to do with an at-home breech birth. So that means that she did it entirely alone. And I agree that she is guilty of reckless endangerment.

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If there isn't another reason for taking the baby away (other than the choice to home birth against medical advice) and the baby is ok... the state absolutely should NOT have taken away the baby. And that opinion is from someone who is pretty much completely against home births anyway....

Mary - posted on 09/03/2010




Did a little search and only came up with this one article.

While it seems ridiculous that she was taken away, I have to say that I have very little respect for any woman willing to chance a vaginal breech delivery at home. I'm glad the baby is okay...but that is sheer luck, and I personally love my child more than enough that I would NEVER risk that.

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I don't blame people for being suspicious of doctors who advise C-sections these days because they happen way too often in the US. It depends on the reason for the C-section being advised. I suspect they thought the doctors were being over cautious and it wasn't as dangerous as all that to give birth naturally. If that's the case then it's discusting that this child was taken away.

Tara - posted on 09/03/2010




I think it's a load of crap. Unless they told her that she must have her baby in the hospital because of social servicing being involved due to substance abuse etc. than they have no right to tell her where she can have her baby, and have absolutely no right to take her away from them. Especially if she was indeed attended to by a midwife.

Tah - posted on 09/03/2010




is something missing out of this because with the info given i would say they had no right to take the child, so it may have been more to this story...

Kate CP - posted on 09/03/2010




At first glance I want to say "Of course they have the right to birth how they want!" but Loureen is right: more info is needed.

Charlie - posted on 09/03/2010




hard to say without knowing the real reason for the C section , if they were putting their childs life at high risk of death then maybe its warrented , but i cant say for sure until i know more .

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