Woman Leaves Hospital Early After Giving Birth, Nurse Contacts Child Services

Mom Tiffany Langwell was surprised to be pregnant again at 38. Langwell already had two children from her first marriage, but had just gotten engaged to her high school sweetheart David Hodek, and was excited about having another child.

The infant was healthy, a solid 8 pounds, and the proud parents took the baby girl out of the hospital for its first night at home.

Trouble showed up the next morning, however, when a caseworker from child welfare agency in Riverside County, California, came to their house and took the child into protective custody.

The problem started when Langwell wanted to go home early after the birth of the baby. She pointed out the baby was breastfeeding well and was healthy, and she would be fine at home, even if checking out was "AMA" (against medical advice).

It seems that after Langwell left the hospital, a staff member called the child welfare agency to report her.

"Desert Regional Medical Center takes very seriously its commitment to the health of mothers and infants in our care," Richard A. Ramhoff, the hospital's marketing director, said in an interview, but noted he could not remark on the specifics of case.

Ramhoff went on: "As mandated by state law, the hospital calls the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services hotline when staff believe the situation warrants a referral. This reporting is not done lightly. Our staff reviews the details of each situation individually before fulfilling our responsibility to refer a case to child protective services for further review."

Apparently, a hospital staff member described Langwell as "hostile" and claimed her behavior was "consistent with someone with substance abuse issues." Note that Langwell refused a drug test before the birth.

Langwell and Hodek did get their infant girl back a week later after taking and passing drug tests and a home inspection.

Source: Cosmopolitan
Photos: Cosmopolitan, 123RF Stock Photo, Pixabay, Maksim Evdokimov/123RF Stock Photo

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