My last baby (UP/UC) received hospital care for jaundice when he was slightly less than 1 day old, and our local L&D demanded to know who my prenatal care provider was, and when I said I did my own prenatal care, they reported us to CPS. They claimed that it was standard procedure to report anyone and everyone "with no prenatal care" to CPS.
Obviously, our caseworker quickly figured out what happened and was hugely apologetic and wiped our records, but I am so scared that it will happen again.
We know a lot more about birth now (I'm actually nearly finished with my courses as a student midwife) and about neonatal care, and the chance we'll need the hospital again is frankly minimal to nonexistant. But I don't want to go through that CPS nightmare again...does anyone have some idea of what we should do?
This is what I was able to brainstorm:
1. Refuse to go to the hospital unless absolutely emergency-level necessary, for smaller questions and things that *might* mean trouble, call one of my midwifery teachers for consult.
2. If we go to the hospital because it's a huge emergency, do not answer irrelevant questions such as who was our PCP and what's our address and stuff like that.
3. Go to an out-of-network hospital (call around to find one without that stupid policy) in case of emergency, and suck up the cost.
4. Lawyer up and inform local hospital via lawyer that they are not mandated to report people for not having prenatal care, cite studies showing prenatal care has no effect on pregnancy outcomes, etc. and generally intimidate them pre-emptively.
5. If newborn care is necessary, insist to ped that it be in-home, refuse treatment for low-level jaundice citing meta-studies on the gross overexaggeration of the perils of jaundice.
6. Inform ped pre-emptively that we believe low-level neonatal jaundice is beneficial, citing studies.
7. Claim not to remember our PCP's name but summarize "her" findings.