Do you agree with the statement, "Hospitals, Not Parents, Are In Charge of a Newborn's Well-Being"?

Magzilla 2012/02/28 19:54:35
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Hospitals, Not Parents, Are In Charge of a Newborn's Well-Being

Babies really don't need "fresh air." Okay, maybe a little bit. But not when the little guy is fresh out of the womb and fitted with a baby LoJack. In fact, anyone who tries to take a baby outside when he is supposed to be inside a hospital, will be in for a rude awakening.

Even if you're a Kennedy, as Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, is facing misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment from two nurses who claim he confronted them physically, when they tried to keep the new dad from taking his baby outside for a stroll.

On the one hand, can't fathers be allowed to go anywhere they want with their children? On the other hand, no, not when a hospital is in charge of that child's well-being.

Perhaps the Kennedys will consider a home birth next time.

Douglas Kennedy -- who is backed up by a physician who witnessed the incident, and is also a family friend -- claims he tried to take his newborn son out for some fresh air when two nurses attempted to stop him, physically. Kennedy claims he was protecting his son, but the nurses claim he knocked one down, and twisted the other's arm. Kennedy denies the arm-twisting.

While I would let my husband take my baby wherever he wanted, I do understand how hospitals have to keep things on lock down. Anything else would be considered negligence. I don't see, however, why Douglas Kennedy has to be charged with child endangerment. Bad judgment, maybe. Endangerment seems a bit over-the-top.

But let this be a lesson to those of you giving birth in a hospital setting; ask before picking that baby up and running out. Or risk the kung-fu antics of nurses and criminal charges.

Do you think Douglas Kennedy should be charged?

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  • Polly Nygaard 2012/04/26 01:03:18
    Polly Nygaard
    While a newborn is in the nursery the staff is in charge of well being. When child is rooming in parent is, but staff monitors.
  • A Founding Father 2012/02/29 07:32:56
    A Founding Father
    Kennedy proved that some parents are so filled with themselves as to be irresponsible. The baby was legally entrusted to the care of the hospital until they signed the release papers and assumed their responsibilities as parents for the health and welfare of the infant. Sometimes a huge ego just needs to be restrained. If Kennedy serves a couple
    of nights in the local jail for assault, he will be a better person for the experience.
  • Stacie 2012/02/28 20:56:39
    Hospitals are responsible for a newborn's SECURITY and WELL-BEING until the moment they are safely placed into a newborn car-seat within their parent's automobile.
  • Cal 2012/02/28 20:51:17
    It's always the father and the parents....but when something happens the hospital is always the first to be blamed and sued. It's always a bad thing then...and everyone always thought it was....even though 10 minutes ago they didn't think that way. You are a patient in the hospital until you are legally discharged...in this case the father was in the wrong.
  • Headhunter 13 2012/02/28 19:57:07
    Headhunter 13
    To a large degree I do. At least when they are still in the hospitals care. Hey Mags good to see you hope all is well!
  • Magzilla Headhun... 2012/11/08 23:14:24
    Thanks. It has been a long time since I have been on.
  • EJM Magzilla 2015/02/22 23:30:59
    I'm a pediatric physician and I believe that we are responsible to share the knowledge/wisdom that we have been able to learn over the years. It's ultimate your wonderful child and your decision to do with that. That includes examining how our information given sits with you and your own beliefs. I also have an interesting theory on your Dino question! :)

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