What do we really know about the condition of adopted children that drives social networks?

During the week, you must have seen the testimony of this mother who lives near Rennes, whose two children were given birth. Returning to this controversy, which raises many emotions as questions …

This is the kind of story that automatically stirs emotions: Raphael and Noemi are young parents who live in Vitry, near Rennes. To warn about an action they consider offensive, they testified on social networks with their story, which spread rapidly in a few days: Everything seems to be going well for the couple who have raised 2-year-old Nausicaa, who just welcomed Lu on June 3.

The ANA process went smoothly in their home. Things get even more difficult when, on June 7, Rafael announces his baby at Town Hall. His registration was denied on the grounds that he did not have a certificate proving that the child was in good health, Noémie tells:

The lady panicked when she saw that we had no medical help at home. »

On June 8, Rafael again presented himself to the Civil Status Office, this time with Noemi and the newborn, which makes it possible to ascertain his presence, in the absence of his health, and thus proceed with the registration. The Mother and Child Protection Services (PMI) are then notified by the Civil Registrar.

On June 10, the couple and the child end up with a pediatrician, who, according to them, does not notice anything abnormal in Lu. A visit is also planned with PMI Services, at home this time.

But it is the gendarmes who arrive at the end of the day. The two children are removed after a report from the social services and on the basis of a “suspicion of abuse”. a “Removal” clear and simple; To Rafael and Noemi, who strongly object to this decision.

In a video, Noémie, visibly shocked, recounts the harsh conditions she has known since then She won’t be able to see her two babies for three weeksWaiting for the judge’s decision.

Since then, the couple have been trying to assert their rights and have received a lot of support. Mobilization is organized, particularly with the support of feminists committed to issues of feminine or obstetric violence, including Mary Helen Hague, who He thinks on Twitter that These placements take place in the general context of a witch hunt against women who make a (clear and informed) choice to give birth outside the hospital. out of doctor’s control ».

A fund has been set up to fund Noémie and Raphaël’s legal actions online.

Is unassisted childbirth the reason?

If the story is undeniably poignant, are the reasons for children’s withdrawal really as abusive as parents claim, who believe that PMI made this decision due to unassisted birth?

In a press release published on Tuesday, June 14, the Vitry municipal council detailed the circumstances that led to the submission of a report to the Institute for Project Management. It indicates that the birth certificate of the newborn was registered without any objection from the agent otherwise “To the importance of visiting a doctor for the child in order to ensure his health, without this advice seeming to find a positive resonance with the father.” :

“Under these circumstances, and in view of the risk to the health of the child, the Civil Registrar referred the birth to the Project Management Institute, as stipulated in the regulations for each birth, informing him of the special circumstances and the absence of a medical visit.

Accordingly, the Civil Status Department complied with the regulations by registering births on time, without asking for documents not provided for by the regulations.
If children are removed from the family, it can only be via social services for circumstances that we have not been informed of.

The Rennes Prosecutor’s Office also explained the reason for the placement “It is not directly related to the fact that the birth took place at home” :

Only considerations regarding the health and welfare of these two children were motivated by this decision by the prosecution.

Still, that’s good Birth Cited First In the temporary placement order quoted from Checknews, along with other notes regarding The health of the child, as well as the health of his two-year-old sister :

Lou X (1) was born on 06/03/2022 At home in perilous conditions; that it is not monitored by the PMI; that she has only gained 10 grams since her birth; that meetings at home with a PMI are vetted by the parents; that Nausicaa X’s health is worrisome, and that she is clearly malnourished; That the mother, Noémie X refuses to be examined and that a fifteen-day departure plan for eastern France has been issued and no follow-up can be put in place by the PMI. »

Asking the Right Questions Outside a Vitré . Relationship

If the conditions of birth so it can be One of the reasons that prompted the prosecution to withdraw the two children At the age of two years and a few days, for their parents, other reasons have not yet been clarified, as to the risks and dangers to which the two children may be exposed.

Currently, the two children are still far from their parents. Whether the procedure is seen as disproportionate or justified, it indicates a form of mistrust towards medicine, and the conditions in which we give birth today in French maternity wards.

About the association Parents and Feministsit is necessary to take into account in this work the view of rejection that still often persists unassisted birthin France : The Rennes Prosecutor, in charge of the case, announced that the ANA was not included in the reasons for the placement. However, can we rule out that this unusual situation had no effect on the situation when we see the radical and inhumane solution in place? ».

The association believes that it will also be necessary to ask what drives so many women to make this decision:

“This story exposes the shortcomings of our system and demands that it be made a priority: that every woman gives birth as she pleases, with or without an epidural, accompanied or not by a parent, in a physiological or squatting position, at home or in a medical setting, the master of her choices and these The unique moment. To understand this requires a feminist analysis of paternity. It is still sorely missing.”


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