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    Default Does anyone recall a situation . . .

    . . . where a woman who had a home birth had the authorities called on her for endangering her child, or something like that? Seems like I remember reading or hearing something like that, maybe even here, a few years back.

    Not that I'm especially worried, but I was trying to explain to my husband this morning, realizing that I have a UTI (I'm very prone to them), why I want to avoid seeing a doctor - for anything - during this pregnancy if at all possible. I have visions of going to my PCP for some little thing - a UTI, the flu, whatever - and having him refuse to treat me because I'm pregnant, telling me I have to see an OB, and then having an OB take one look at me and see me as totally high risk based on my age, history of hypertension, etc.

    Anyway, not that I think I need to see a doctor, but I can totally see where opening that can of worms could present some problems for me, and it's made me think of having heard of someone who had the authorities called on her for having a home birth.
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    I know there was a lady on her last year or the beginning of this year that had the cops called on her because she did an Unassisted birth at home and didn't go STRAIGHT into the hospital after having the baby. My midwife does grapefruit capsules for UTI's. You have to make sure it's just straight grapefruit seed extract and you take 1, 3 times a day for 3 days then one a day for 4 days.
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    I could be crazy but this rings a bell, was it someone who did not know that they were pregnant with twins, delivered twins at home, much to her shock, and one was SGA or needed a good bit of help, and CFS/DYFSA (or whatever their local state agency was) got involved?

    I'm not sure why you are so worried about it. Is homebirth legal in your state? Do they have state laws that you are in violation of (relating to maternal age, or BP, or something?) If not I don't understand the legal concern.

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    it rings a bell in my head too but i cannot completely remember. can you mw treat you for a uti or at least check for you? i can see where there would be concern over things snowballing. Potter, i don't think she's saying that she's overly worried about it, just that she was explaining to her hubs why she would rather not have to see her gp through this pregnancy and things going the wrong way and trying to get forced in a hosp birth because of THEIR fears
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    I don't know about on here but in my state there was a couple that had their baby taken away due to something that happened during their homebirth. CPM's are illegal in IL and CNM's are impossible to get in some sections of the state. The homebirth ended in shoulder dystocia, baby was fine, but they went to a hospital just to make sure and ended up losing custody of their newborn for around 6 months I believe, while they fought the system. The only cases of CPS getting involved that I can personally remember were ones where there was an issue or complications during the birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    I could be crazy but this rings a bell, was it someone who did not know that they were pregnant with twins, delivered twins at home, much to her shock, and one was SGA or needed a good bit of help, and CFS/DYFSA (or whatever their local state agency was) got involved?

    I'm not sure why you are so worried about it. Is homebirth legal in your state? Do they have state laws that you are in violation of (relating to maternal age, or BP, or something?) If not I don't understand the legal concern.
    That totally rings a bell. I can't remember the name though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ourfirstblessing View Post
    Potter, i don't think she's saying that she's overly worried about it, just that she was explaining to her hubs why she would rather not have to see her gp through this pregnancy and things going the wrong way and trying to get forced in a hosp birth because of THEIR fears
    Yes, which I was trying to understand if there was any basis for this worry, legally. I've never heard of a GP refusing to treat a pregnant woman for an ailment unrelated to pregnancy like the flu or a UTI, so I'm a little shocked to even hear that they can DO that! That is scary! Is that common in CA?

    In other words, is it common where the OP lives to have to give a past pregnancy history or to go into ANY delivery details at like 14 weeks pregnant, when seeing a GP for a UTI? That would be unheard of here, but I know that we live on opposite sides of the country so I thought that maybe there was some basis for fear that I would not understand as things are so different here. I have a friend who gets frequent UTI's and can just call her GP and have him write her an RX, he wouldn't even know if she was pregnant or not. I guess I was trying to point out that unless there is an actual grounds for worry in CA, legally, she should feel good about being 100% able to seek medical care.

    OP, does your midwife have a DR available to write scripts for her? Or are there any homebirth friendly Dr's that she knows of/has had good experiences with? Again, unless they actually have a way to legally force you to disclose medical information and then have the power to restrict your birthing choices OR call the authorities on you.......I guess I'm saying don't sweat it and get treated!

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    The more I think about it the surer I am that that did happen to someone who had a lodge on here, years ago. I believe she gave birth to two little boys, one really little who needed EMT's called or something, he made it, but the need to bring in outside help or the fact that it was a twin HB delivery (maybe that was against the midwives charter or state laws???) got child services involved. If I remember correctly they were cleared once it was proven that they had no knowledge of it being a twin birth, and both babies were ultimately fine. I remember the Mama having a really hard adjustment to things, can you imagine going to deliver the placenta and another baby coming out? Ye gads. Wish I could remember her name, did you check with Em to see if she remembers?

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    Em does recall a situation like that. A mom who was over on mothering as well as here. She was planning an unassisted birth, which is why they didn't catch the twins. She caught a lot of heat over on mothering for it. She seems to remember the second baby having cerebral palsy though. I can't remember that much detail.

    But as to the OP, Lisa, I agree...I think you should be able to safely get some help for a UTI at this point at least! I don't see how they'd get to the point of red flagging you.
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    I don't remember the situation mentioned at all... Maybe it was before my time?

    As far as how likely something like that were to happen, I would say pretty unlikely as long as a) homebirth is legal in your state and b) your mw is practicing within her scope of practice.

    Midwives here can prescribe antibiotics for UTIs as they are such a common diagnosis in pregnancy. If you do see a doctor, I would definitely tell them that you are pregnant as some antibiotics are safer than others in pregnancy.

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