I am a mother in the middle of a painful divorce and
> custody case. I have recently completed the
> psychological evaluation process required of parents
> in this situation. Unfortunately, the psychologist
> assigned to my case has recommended that my child's
> father be awarded sole/full custody. I would only
> have visitation and would not be involved in any
> decisions regarding my child.
> The psychologist cited reasons for his decision based
> upon a "concern" of my approach to seeking health care
> for my children-My willingness/openness to alternative
> treatment in conjunction with conventional medicine.
> (i.e foregoing erythromycin ointment in eyes at birth
> refusing steroidal injection for my infants eczema, choosing to breastfeed beyond 2 years old, expressing concern over fluoridated water, electing to give immunizations one at a time.)
> I am a bachelors prepared RN, with a Master's degree
> in public health and 2 semesters into a graduate
> midwifery program. My decisions for my children
> were/are arrived at based on research and my
> experience in the health care field. I feel I am
> being attacked for being a conscientious parent.
> Please, if you can share research, information
> regarding advocacy groups, put me in touch with other
> women or men for that matter who are experiencing
> similar situation, I would be so appreciative. I may
> have a long journey ahead to maintain custody of my
> child. Please guide me to any resources that may help.