So do you think it’s OK to give birth at home?
Recently, a Pennsylvania woman named Fatima Doumbouya had doctors take away her seven day old healthy baby. They called police and social workers simply because she gave birth at home. The doctors from St. Joseph’s Hospital then transferred her baby to another hospital without her permission. Something is seriously wrong. This poor woman continues to explain: “The doctor came in the room with a stern look and said if you refuse to transfer her, we WILL CONTACT DHS (Department of Human Services) AND THE POLICE.” Doumbouya and her husband refused permission because they felt there was no need for it, but little did they realize that doctors had already decided to move their daughter to another Hospital in Philadelphia.
They only learned of the pre-decided transfer when a nurse told them the baby was about to be moved. They didn’t give permission or sign any papers authorizing this action, despite this the Doctors told her that the baby would be transferred to a Children’s hospital because St. Joseph’s lacked the proper instruments to examine her.
Because the couple refused the transfer, doctors called the police. Soon, three officers were waiting. The officers then proceeded to force the couple to go with the baby to another hospital. One decent person did cross their path during all this and advised Doumbouya that the hospital’s actions were probably illegal and she could get her daughter discharged by filling out Against Medical Advice (AMA) forms if you could get them from the front desk.
“When I asked the front desk for those papers, THEY BLATANTLY IGNORED ME,” Doumbouya wrote. “I kept asking and asking, and no one would answer me, they all looked at each other and kept doing what they were doing. It was like something out of a movie.
The baby was then subjected to tests without the parents’ permission:
The parents waited for an hour and a half for the ambulance to come and take her baby to Children’s Hospital. Which cost the couple over $3,000 dollars for just the ambulance ride. At the Children’s Hospital, the baby was subjected to a series of tests and found to be normal and healthy.
“They ran test after test after test HOPING TO FIND SOMETHING,” Doumbouya said.
All these tests were done without her permission and it leaves one feeling hopeless and powerless. She believes the reason for all the tests were to find an excuse for the Department of Human Services to take away her baby.
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