|mom had a raging yeast infections with major discharge, could not get ahold of her friend, did not know what to do so she went to the hospital to find out what she should do. they ended up telling them that they were having a unassisted birth, and of course everyone freaked out and told them how unsafe it is to do a birth like that.
next day cps showed up at there house and said they would be back in a few days since they found out her due date and they would check on her.
mom went into labor that afternoon, had baby 36 hours later, cps showed up 4 days later with SEVEN people at their door. dad said sorry, not letting you in unless you have court order, they said we are just here to check and see if mom and baby are alive, please let us in. so they did. all seven people told mom and dad ( very young mom and day who are all by themselves ) that baby needs to go to the hospital. finally mom and dad "let" them take baby to hospital.
their friend calls and baby is no longer in the hospital but in foster care, because there is nothing wrong with baby.
mom MAY be let to go see baby today, ONCE, and maybe nurse. Mama is pumping, her milk just came in."
WHAT!!!!!!!!??????? Ugh. Throwing a fit over here. They will get the baby back, but now they may have to dance to the tune of CPS. CPS won't be able to prove they are endangering the child if he or she was healthy and that the mother was taking good care of herself. Getting a damn good lawyer wouldn't hurt. The reason CPS got involved is because they said something to begin with (However, I understand that the hospital would ask while they were there "Who is your OB? You don't have one?! Why not?! etc.). Most hospitals love to call CPS, especially since in their mind the mother had a "heath problem" (they look for every reason to tell a woman she is unhealthy and basically "diseased" when she is pregnant - even yeast infections can be used against her). I understand she needed help with her yeast infection, and she shouldn't have to keep her mouth shut. The second mistake is even letting CPS in the door - they had no warrent, therefore the father was within his rights to deny them entry. If anyone has learned anything today, I cannot stress this enough - Don't trust CPS! Once you have let them in, you basically lose your rights.
Anyways, as for what we can do, I am not sure there is much we can do. On another board I am a member of, several months ago another family also lost their child due to their attempt at an unassisted home birth. Many of us wrote CPS letters expressing that they had every right to have an unassisted birth. In turn, CPS got furious, and refused to work with the family until they put a stop to the letters and basically kept their mouth shut and did what they were told. However, WA may be different, I don't know. The best thing they can do right now is get a good lawyer.