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Home Birth is Abuse
September 17, 2010 permalink
Latest reason to take a baby: home birth. Ruth Abigail Light, born in Illinois on July 21, was seized by the state and given to her grandparents. The Facebook page that is the source has several later updates, but the baby has not been returned to mom and dad.
Aug. 13th - Ruth Abigail Light was born at home on July 21st at 7:38PM. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 inches long. During the birth, her shoulders were stuck momentarily (Shoulder Dystocia) but once they were free, she came right out. Ruth was doing well but a few hours later she seemed to be fussier than usual and we decided to take her in to get her checked out just to be sure. We took her to the ER in the middle of the night. Over the next few days, they told us that her arms had nerve damage from her shoulders getting stuck and a couple of days later, someone filed a complaint against us citing medical neglect for having her at home vs. the recommended C-section since she was breech. Since that time, Ruth has had every test possible run and so far, she seems to be doing very well. Her arms are recovering and she is a very content baby.
Unfortunately, the State of Illinois took her into custody as a result of the complaint and she has been in foster care for over a week. During that time, we were only allowed to see her twice for a couple of hours. Thankfully, as of Aug. 9th, she was placed with Melissa's parents and we are now allowed to see her for a few hours each day. This has obviously been a very hard situation for our entire family. We ask for your prayers as we walk this road and especially for a full recovery for Ruth. We will keep this site updated with any new information as it develops so that everyone can stay in touch. Thank you to all of you for your endless support.
Ryan, Melissa and Ruth
Source: Facebook, Bring Ruth home!