The story did not finish making headlines. On Friday, June 10, a young couple residing in Vitré, Ille-et-Vilaine, saw their two-year-old and 10-day-old withdrawing after a report from social services. After giving birth at home, without a health professional present, they were especially criticized for the lack of medical follow-up that could put the health of the two babies at risk. The decision sparked many reactions on social networking sites, and several associations spoke about it.
“It is important to remember that this home birth was a carefully considered project, a choice made by responsible adults,” identifies Daliborca Milovanovic, founder of La révolte des mères collective, who is in regular contact with the family. Like many people who interacted in this situation on social networks, she does not approve of the action described as “offensive”.
After learning the content of the placement order, the activist admitted that he was shocked by the inconsistency of the court’s decision. “In this case, nothing justifies such a decision. We hope they get their children back quickly, but it will leave indelible marks on this family. Who will fix all this next?”
‘The parents did nothing illegal’
After receiving a report from the Administrative Center for Social Action in Pays de Vitré, it was the Rennes Public Prosecutor’s Office that ordered these two children to be temporarily placed in the social assistance services for children. On Monday, June 13, the Department of Ille-et-Vilaine published a brief press release raising a risk to children’s health to explain the decision.
We wanted to find out more by questioning the elected official responsible for protecting the child who does not wish to continue. For the Stop Obstetric and Gynecological Violence group, which spoke on this topic: “There is a huge misunderstanding of management because the parents did nothing illegal at all.”
“Separating a newborn from its mother is the worst thing that can be done,” Sonia Bisch, President of Stop VOG, laments. “We can always support the parents before we get there. Ultimately, we have French law that allows unassisted extradition, but we are aware that prejudice can influence court decisions. We are way behind, while countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and England are more advanced in This subject “.
0.3% of births each year in France
Since 2020, more and more women are going to give birth at home in France. According to an Ifop survey conducted in 2021, 17% of women between the ages of 18 and 45 said they would “absolutely” want to give birth at home if given the opportunity. However, this represents only 0.3% of births each year in France due to the difficulty of finding a midwife to practice.
“We regret that unassisted birth may not be an option for families who would have liked to be accompanied by a midwife, but when ANA is chosen in good conscience, it remains an option that must be respected, and it is a right,” says Lauranne Raynault-Vienna, Head of Home Birth Advocacy Group . If the Rennes Public Prosecutor’s Office determines that “the reasons for harboring the two young girls in Vietri have nothing to do with the fact that the birth took place at home,” then that is stated in the provisional filing order, according to a source close to the case.
The baby was breastfed before the separation
Since Friday, June 10, parents have not been able to see their two daughters, who have been placed in emergency reception service with child care aides. Do we realize the trauma we are inflicting on this family? asks Lawrence Gambo, president of the Alexis Danan de Bretagne Association for the Protection of Children. “What they are criticized for is above all a lack of cooperation with PMI, but even in the event of a real emergency, other solutions can be devised. Here, we are still talking about a mother breastfeeding her child, and they cannot be separated … There are accommodations For mother and baby, she was a surrogate.We can even think of home placement.
For their part, the couple announced, Wednesday, on social media that they had finally obtained the right to visit their two daughters. A juvenile judge hearing will be scheduled soon to rule on this case.