I had an unassisted childbirth with my first child about 1.5 months ago, and everything went perfectly. I just turned 20 and I have a healthy baby boy, and he seems to be doing everything normally. I am still a big fan of staying away from institutions unless medically necessary, but I am being bitched at, yet again, about not taking him to a doctor. Not by my husband, but by friends and family. The thing is, all the people that are complaining did the same thing about my unassisted childbirth before I had him. Of course, since everything went well, now everyone is proud of me for what I did (ironic how feelings change before and after), but people are telling me I could get charged with child endangerment if I don't take him to get a check-up. I'm guessing this means blood-work and prodding, and I don't want to do all that unless I have to. I will take him to a doctor when I see a problem arise in him, but i don't want to before that. My question is: Can CPS get me into legal trouble for not taking my child to the doctor? I know that there are mothers that have never taken their kids to the doctor, and I would love to hear their opinions! Thanks!
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3/19/08 at 3:05pm