On August 17th, a NYC hospital contacted Child Protective Services against my children’s father and I, immediately after I gave birth, solely based on our decision to follow our original natural birthing plan. I initially had a midwife and planned to have a natural birth at home; unfortunately, when I went into labor, unforeseen circumstances halted our natural birthing plans. I was rushed to the hospital and had to deliver via c-section.
Before our son was delivered, my son’s father and I informed hospital staff of our natural birthing plan. Hospital staff was not only unhappy about our requests, but they were unwilling to adhere to or compromise on any of them. Shortly after our baby was delivered, his father and I were petitioned and charged by Child Protective Services as medically neglectful parents, due to the fact that we wanted to have a lotus birth and because we did not want to inject our newborn son, King, with the synthetic vitamin k injection. We asked for time so we could do more research, asked hospital staff to offer safer alternatives and to provide proof of the vitamin k shot being mandatory, which they did not. We eventually preferred to administer oral vitamin k, which is a safer alternative. Six days after King was born, we were taken to Family Court by CPS and were threatened with the removal of both of our children, if we did not comply with the court’s order to inject King with the vitamin k shot.
Although we pleaded with hospital, CPS and Family Court to respect our parental, human and constitutional rights and allow us to administer a safer alternative (oral vitamin k), our request was denied and our children were almost removed from my care. Although we had the legal right to choose a safer alternative, there were no signs of neglect, nor were our children in imminent danger, CPS and two NY Family Court judges still ruled that we had to inject our newborn with the vitamin k shot; King was 10 days old when we were forced to give him the vitamin k shot.
We are now fighting the system to drop their illegal petition against us. We are raising money for current and future attorney/legal expenses to maintain the custody of our two children, out of pocket medical expenses, court fees and traveling expenses, and for the set up of our 501C3 for The King Foundation.
Our vision for The King Act is to help bring awareness about parental rights and the right to informed consent, to help keep families together and to change legislation regarding informed choice, concerning the health of children.
How you can assist King and his Family:
1) Support by donating; everything helps
2) Share this link
3) Spread the word to bring awareness
We are asking the community, parents, guardians, medical professionals, legal professionals and advocates to assist us with raising funds and awareness.
If you are a parent/guardian, ask questions about informed consent.
If you are a medical professional, share your information about the risks and dangers caused by these medical practices.
If you are a legal professional, aid those who are in need of legal advice regarding parental rights. Aid them in their fight against injuries.
If you are an advocate, support the whole family in whatever way you can!
- Iman Daniels
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- Marisa Tyrell
- Nicholas Stamo
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