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post #21 of 26
If they call CPS, does it ever lead to anything? Here, vindictive hospital staff call CPS on people all the time for stuff like this, and homebirth transfers. CPS has to investigate but the way it usually goes is they come to your house, talk to you for a minute, then leave and close the case. I think they're so used to getting called for stupid crap like this they don't take it very seriously. I don't know of a baby ever being taken away from one of these calls where I live, when refusing medical procedures like those standard at birth were the reason for the call.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by SublimeBirthGirl View Post
If they call CPS, does it ever lead to anything?
I have heard of them taking temporary custody of the baby for long enough to administer the shot/drops.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pyrodjm View Post
I have heard of them taking temporary custody of the baby for long enough to administer the shot/drops.
That is so WRONG. How can the government justify this??? I couldn't live in a state that is so disrespectful of personal freedom. Gross.
post #24 of 26
They justify it because they say that vit. k and the eye drops aren't vaccinations and are routine procedures for all babies born in hospital, so if parents decline them it requires a mandatory call to CPS and can result in parent's losing custody so that the hospital can administer them. I was able to decline the hep. B without a problem but could not decline the vit. k or eye drops. NY is becoming a lot more hostile toward vaccinations as well and exemptions in general are a lot harder to come by.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by soso-lynn View Post
I have read about NY in several papers about consent and public health and the stories are always of CPS being called and a judge forcing the parents to do it or have their child removed from their custody (presumably until it is done). As far as I know, it applies to the Hep B vaccine as well.

Nope. You can turn down the vaccine, but not the vit k and eye goop.
post #26 of 26
You are allowed to delay the eye goo and K for an hour. With both of my births (NY hospitals) I insisted on the full delay, then had the nurse do the goo and shot after I'd nursed the babe to sleep. The nurse wiped the goo on babe's closed eyes... I wiped it off. Then she gave the shot... neither babe woke.

It doesn't really remove the stupidity of forcing K/goo (I mean really, of all the things to require those two are a bit silly) but it's easier on the babe.

In terms of CPS... yes, they can remove the child from parental custody for the 30 seconds it takes. But it also means you're name is on a list somewhere. That may never be an issue, but if you know your life choices may be a bit outside the norm (you don't vax, you co-sleep, you radical unschool, you may UC in the future, you belong to a religious minority, etc) this could be an issue for you.
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