This week, I read a post from Momlogic that I knew we all would want to weigh in on. It seems a woman in New Jersey refused to consent to a C-section during labor in the event that her baby was in distress. She ended up giving birth vaginally without incident. The baby was in good medical condition.
However, her baby was taken away from her and her parental rights were terminated because she "abused and neglected her child" by refusing the C-section and behaving "erratically" while in labor.
A New Jersey appellate court has upheld the ruling, and custody has been given to the child's foster parents.
The court's decision cites hospital records that describe the mother as "combative," "uncooperative," "erratic," "noncompliant," "irrational" and "inappropriate."
Now, the court also mentions that the mother was also in psychiatric for 12 years prior to the birth. (The Huffington Post points out, her psychiatric state would never have been questioned if the mother had not refused invasive abdominal surgery (true?) -- which they say was entirely within her rights.)
Here is the entire court ruling. ** UPDATE: it seems this link has been removed, I will try to locate another for you. Sorry!
Now you know the ruling and the background info...thoughts?