Hospitals, Not Parents, Are In Charge of a Newborn's Well-Being

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kennedy takes baby out hospitalBabies 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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ashja ashja

Those OB nurses act like you're walking off with their property!!! They can say whatever they like, and probably have to say it for liability reasons, but you DO NOT have to listen to them when they tell you what you can and can't do with YOUR baby. They tore me a knew one for walking around the room with my son in my arms instead of pushing him in a bassinet. It is YOUR baby, and if you want to take it for a walk, or even home, YOU CAN!!!!! If someone reached to grab my newborn out of my arms, I would have dome exactly  the same. Go Douglas! Best of luck with the new little one!

ashja ashja


Ladyw... Ladywithtwo

He was being an a** He knew the policy said the baby had to stay on the floor until discharge. He physically assaulted two nurses trying to stop him! There are VIDEOS of him! The dr that is on his side is an ER dr and a friend, was he even there? No way do I believe the dr or Kennedy.

ashja ashja

Law trumps policy.

momto... momtolittleg

It should've never come to an assault.  They tell you 10 times about those bracelets and how careful you have to be not to set the alarm off.  If he wanted to take the baby out, I'm sure he could've calmly arranged it in advance.  I agree with Ladywithtwo that he was being an ass.  The charges are a bit excessive, but if he indeed tried to hurt nurses who were doing what they are trained to do, then he deserves some kind of punishment.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

Obvisouly, assault is wrong. There is no reason to physically put your hands on someone unless you are defending yourself or a loved one. If he assaulted these women, he deserves to be charged. That said, it does drive me up a wall how some medical professionals can treat adult patients, or parents of adult patients, like they are petulant children who must obey. I get it, you are advising me against it, but you don't own me, you don't own the child, so cut it out with the power trip.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

And again, if he assaulted these women he's in the wrong, but in addition to his family friend doctor, he DID have permission of other nurses, so he was abiding by hospital policy by getting permission first.

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

And if he was some deranged father running off with the baby against the mother's wishes or not the parent at all, everyone would be up in arms about the hospital not doing enough to protect the baby. A newborn does not need fresh air, and he was acting completely entitled.

If you want to do whatever you want with your newborn, have it at home.

nonmember avatar qwerty

If a man has control issues, he'll probably becaome a prison guard, if a woman has control issues, she'll probably beaome a nurse.

NewMo... NewMomma.S

Excuse me but why would those nurses physically try and stop him? Hospitals take things way to far these days. Guess what, just because you work at a hospital doesn't make you god! So so so glad I'm birthing at home.

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