Here's an update on this family:
June 8th - Hi everyone! We posted some new pics of Ruth who is our constant joy. She is 10.5 months now and 23 lbs, 29 inches, crawling everywhere and is such a happy baby. Currently she is working on her two top teeth so we are hoping they come in soon.
It was wonderful to meet everyone at the ICAN conference and thank you for all of your support and encouragment while we were there. It was such a wonderful experience.
I wanted to give you an update on our court situtation. We had a three day hearing in April with DCFS and just recieved the determination from the DCFS Judge that they still believe we should remain on thier list with charges of Medical Neglect even though the State of Illinois dropped the case back in January. It looks like we will now be filing an appeal to DCFS's decision and heading to the next level of court. While DCFS recognized that it was our right to decide to have Ruth at home, they feel that we should have had a doctor present at the birth and that we should have taken Ruth into the hospital to get checked sooner than 8 hours after her birth even though no one present at the birth (10 adults) saw anything that suggested the need for emergency care. I can't go into more detail at this time but I wanted to at least give you a summary of the current situation.
As this continues to drag on, we are doing well; however, it is a constant drain on our resources, time and energy and we cannot express to you how much your support has meant to us over the last few months. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers, please keep them coming.
Melissa, Ryan and Ruth
April 6th - Hi everyone! Ruth is doing great and keeping us hopping with all of her explorations. She is just starting to figure out crawling and settles at the moment for rolling whereever she wants to go. At her last check-up she weighed in at 21 lbs and 27.5 inches. Not bad for 8 months old. She is such a happy baby - she has us totallly spoiled.
To give you an update on our story, we head back to court next week for a trial with DCFS itself. Although the State of Illinois dismissed the case and Ruth is home for good, we still need to follow through with the Appeal process in the administrative court to hopefully clear our name. Please be praying for us as we head down that path next week with at least two full days of trial scheduled.
If any of you are headed to the ICAN conference this weekend, Ryan, Ruth and I will be attending and would love to get to say hi. Thanks again for all of your support - you cannot imagine how important your thoughts and prayers have been to us through this process.
Melissa, Ryan and Ruth
There are no words. This is appalling. My sister who gave birth 3 months ago in a hospital, had her son get his shoulder(s) stuck as he was being delivered & eventually came out fine of course. Oh but since this occured in a hospital there was no talk of taking her baby away if he came back later with an issue due to this. Come one babies get stuck sometimes, probable been happening since the himan race has been around. Can happen inside or outside of a hospital. this truly disgusts me. i had my first child in a hospital & plan on having a homebirth the next time around. God willing all goes well & we do not live in that state, so maybe laws are different, but I'd be damned if they tried to take my newborn baby away b/c of a small, normal complication during labor!! So, so wrong. Angers me too. So incredibly sad. There are no words...... May God Bless this family during this horrifc ordeal. I can't wait to experience a beautiful, natural homebirth : )