Who's in charge of your newborn? You or the hospital?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Who's in charge of your newborn? You or the hospital?
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 11:04am

A father (a Kennedy too, Douglas Kennedy, son of RFK) tried to take his newborn outside the hospital to "get some fresh air" when two nurses tried to stop him. In the process, one was knocked down. Now he's being charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and harassment.

Should parents be allowed to take their newborns outside the hospital or is the hospital right in preventing a parent from taking their newborn outside? Do you think this father should be charged? If he hurt the nurses (it looks like he did on the video), then I guess I understand those charges, but child endangerment? Really?

Here's the story and the video of the incident: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/02/surveillence-video-shows-robert-f-kennedys-son-in-scuffle-with-nurses/

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008

Ultimately I believe if you have your child in the hospital, you are giving your consent to let the hospital take charge. While I am a total believe in parental rights, there are other children to be concerned about in the nursery once the baby goes back in, so limiting where a child goes while in the hospital is understandable.

Besides, Why didn't Mr. Kennedy just check his baby out of the hospital if he wanted to take it out for fresh air? Did he really need to kick down a couple of nurses to get his point across? Why didn't he just let someone know in advance what he wanted to do for courtesy sake?

I'm betting he figured he could do anything he darn well pleases without any care for anyone else since after all, he's a Kennedy.

Brenda

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Registered: 02-10-2012

I don't think that the charges are necessary, but do think that he was in the wrong.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-13-2007
What an odd story! It just seems like he felt the rules didn't apply to him (because he is a Kennedy?). I can understand why the hospital staff reacted the way they did. Especially once a parent becomes so aggressive, it makes you wonder what their true intentions are. Once apprehended, he should have backed down and realized that rules are put in place for a reason.

I really don't think that parents should be able to bring their newborns outside the hospital until they are discharged from the hospital. Not only is safety an issue, but also the health of the baby (which, in my experience, is monitored closely until discharge).

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Registered: 06-19-2007

Yeah, I'm definitely on the hospital's side here, for the reasons the other posters mentioned- they have to be vigilant against possible abduction plus they have to worry keeping the most sterile and healthy environment for the other infants inside.

I agree with the charges of harassment (esp after watching the video) but yeah, child endangerment does seem to be stretching it a bit much.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2009
I don't know about child endangerment, but I think the harassment changes should stand. Who takes their newborn outside at the hospital??? They're pretty darn clear that if you try to leave with your child that alarms will ring and it's all for security purposes. Just because he's a Kennedy doesn't mean he can do whatever he pleases. You know if he'd taken the kid outside and something had happened he'd be suing the hospital for it. That's why the rules are there in the first place!
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Registered: 11-18-2008
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Registered: 04-18-2003

Parents should have the freedom to take their newborn out of the hospital for fresh air.

Gail

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-17-2007
When I had to go back into the hospital when my son was a week old, my husband stayed with me so I could have my son with me. At one point, he went to get me some water and took the baby with him. The nurses were all freaking out that he wasn't pushing the baby around in a bassinet. Since we were in the pp wing, he had to explain to them that I wasn't allowed to be in the room alone with the baby, and the baby was no longer a patient. What a pain, but I understand why they demand it. They are responsible (liable) for the care of the infant.




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