I know this family through another friend and they are from the same county where this family lives. PLEASE HELP in any way that you can. Even the smallest donation will help!
I have important news to share with the homebirth community in Ohio. A family in the Dayton area is entangled in a criminal prosecution as a result of their homebirth.
Nine weeks ago, the Levier family welcomed their second child to the world at home with the assistance of a midwife. He was born safe and sound. A few hours later, they were a bit concerned about Mom so they made the decision to call 911 just to be safe.
In Montgomery County, whenever 911 is called and a child is involved, the police show up as well. The EMTs insisted that the newborn baby needed immediate medical attention (despite being perfectly happy and healthy) so mom and baby transported in the ambulance and baby was monitored for a while to confirm his good health. Meanwhile the police further investigated, taking statements from Dad and the midwife.
Six weeks later, the Levier family was given a summons to appear in court regarding charges of child endangerment. Both parents have been charged and arraigned. The next legal step are in late September. Their attorney hopes to have the charges dismissed, but in the meantime, they are facing the expenses of attorney's fees for representing BOTH of them while dad's work schedule has been drastically reduced for September.
SOOOO where your help comes in:
Ohio Families for Safe Birth is collecting donations to help with the legal fees. Please contact them and make a donation for the Levier family if you can. Even the smallest amount will help.