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Hospital won't release baby until a pediatrician is assigned.
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Posted on 03/03/2014 1:55:36 PM PST by AlmaKing

My wife is about 2 weeks away from giving birth. The hospital contacted her today and told her that they would not release the baby until we have given them a pediatrician's name.

I don't know if this is policy or law in Arizona. I have started making calls, but am not getting anywhere yet.

Anyone heard of this?

I have other children and was never told anything like this.

It ticks me off because I see it as a threat and a loss of control of my child.

I can try another hospital, but I don't know yet if it will be the same policy or law. And of course my wife doesn't want to switch hospital and doctor.


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1 posted on 03/03/2014 1:55:36 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

Have you tried getting a pediatrician?


2 posted on 03/03/2014 1:59:20 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: AlmaKing

You better contact your state and local officials, pronto.


3 posted on 03/03/2014 1:59:32 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: AlmaKing

You’re about to welcome a new baby into your lives. Of course you’re concerned. I did a quick search, but didn’t find anything. I’ll keep looking, and in the meantime, I know that there are a number of FReepers who may have some insight into this. Hang in there, FRiend.


4 posted on 03/03/2014 2:00:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: AlmaKing

The only time that I have seen this is if the hospital will allow deliveries, but does not staff pediatricians for birthing due to costs or retaining them, thus you need to have one available.
This is not uncommon in areas where not a lot of babies are delivered on a regular basis (like rural areas).


5 posted on 03/03/2014 2:02:14 PM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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6 posted on 03/03/2014 2:04:28 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: AlmaKing

Have you taken a pregnancy test?


7 posted on 03/03/2014 2:04:32 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: AlmaKing

Hope they find a good pediatrician...fast. Might want to talk to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), too.

Not ANOTHER kidnapping by the state is it? Soon people will have their babies at home, not get them social security numbers and take to hiding them in the bulrushes.

This is SCARY!

(Did anyone see that Justina was put into foster care and in a similar case in Massachusetts a boy was taken away from parents for no apparent reason and put up for adoption?! Both instances were associated with Boston Children’s Hospital)


8 posted on 03/03/2014 2:05:23 PM PST by madison10
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To: AlmaKing

Tell them you will be back in 18 years.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 2:05:56 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: AlmaKing

I remember the hospital asking what Pediatrician I was going to use. I had no problem telling them. I don’t know if it was required. I would just give them a name and go on. But that is just my opinion. I understand completely your concerns of why u do not think it should b a requirement to bring your baby home and I agree with you. Best of luck to your family.


10 posted on 03/03/2014 2:07:08 PM PST by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan! (Mrs. Yellowdoghunter))
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To: AlmaKing

Both of my children were born by C-Section, and the pediatrician, pre-selected, attended both births, even though the first was not scheduled. It seemed to be a good idea to me at the time. ? I don’t think it is a law (in Nebraska, at least).


11 posted on 03/03/2014 2:07:18 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: AlmaKing

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Pediatrician+in+Arizona+


12 posted on 03/03/2014 2:08:03 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: AlmaKing

If you don’t already know which pediatrician you will use, just pick a name and write it on there and never go see that person if you don’t want to. They can’t force you to go to a certain doctor, a pox on them.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 2:08:05 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: AlmaKing

Don’t you have a pediatrician that you see for your other children?

The hospital is trying to ensure that you have made arrangements for adequate medical care for the new baby. I wouldn’t read too much into it.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 2:11:43 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: AlmaKing

Very common requirement.

You should want your baby checked and cleared by your own pediatrician prior to discharge anyway. Since you mentioned that you have other children, I would suppose that you have a pediatrician with whom you are comfortable.

Best wishes!


15 posted on 03/03/2014 2:12:16 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: AlmaKing

find another hospital and see if they say the same thign

if they ALL say that get yourself a lot of boiling water and do it yourself (they never say what the boiling water is for, so I think it’s just to keep dad occupied and away)


16 posted on 03/03/2014 2:13:14 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: AlmaKing

Try not to worry. The hospital staff probably just needs a name for hospital records. Ask the hospital staff to refer you to a pediatrician. Or maybe the OBGYN or midwife will refer you to one. That’s how we found our children’s pediatrician.

Then you’ll have a name to give the hospital before you leave with your baby. That pediatrician might visit your baby in the hospital, too.

After leaving the hospital, you can bring your baby to a different pediatrician, if you like.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 2:13:16 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: madison10

It was not uncommon for people to have their babies at home, not that far back in time.

Perhaps this is yet another signal that we have allowed Government influence in our lives to become overbearing to the point of being unbearable?


18 posted on 03/03/2014 2:13:17 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Marcella

The chosen pediatrician will see the newborn in the hospital prior to discharge.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 2:14:22 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: exDemMom

You are probably right that the hospital just wants to make sure you have one but its really NONE OF THEIR DAM BUSINESS

and it is making my blood boil that they think they can just withhold your child from you until you follow “THE RULES”


20 posted on 03/03/2014 2:15:24 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: AlmaKing

This URL is the list of FR members in AZ- (It is from the locale board, you can go to account, profile, Arizona, Member list). 969 of them.

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/profiles2?m=member-list;location=51


21 posted on 03/03/2014 2:15:30 PM PST by matthew fuller (We desperately need a Commander in Chief, not a Coward in Chief.)
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To: AlmaKing

had my first a couple decades ago, and the hospital required the name of a pediatrician before you checked out. As it turned out, the pediatrician on call was perfect for us, so we put his name down.

my understanding at the time was for records of tests done at the hospital to be sent to a pediatrician for follow up in case there is a problem - especially since discharge is now typically one day. bilirubin problems can crop up - happened with my second child - you’ll need a pediatrician for follow-up blood test results.


22 posted on 03/03/2014 2:16:10 PM PST by oldmomster
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My wife is about 2 weeks away from giving birth. The hospital contacted her today and told her that they would not release the baby until we have given them a pediatrician's name.

Oh, I'm guessing after the standard 72 hours of post-natal care, which is all virtually every insurance company will pay for (unless the mother or child has complications.) The hospital will be ready to release the baby real fast when they realize they will no longer be getting paid...

23 posted on 03/03/2014 2:16:11 PM PST by apillar
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To: AlmaKing

Say you and your wife are illegals. Not only will they kiss your butt they’ll also pay your entire hospital bill.


24 posted on 03/03/2014 2:17:27 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: AlmaKing

Likely the hospital also won’t release your child to your care without examining and approving of a suitable carseat no more than 10 years old, and only after you and your wife both watch some mandatory “never shake a baby” videos. These are the breaks... you can fight with the nurses and claim outrage, but in general never fight with a nurse, especially ones who are caring for your wife and child.

Probably a little late in the game to arrange for a home delivery, but if you scramble, maybe you can find a midwife to accommodate your concerns, but it’s a little unlikely one would take your case so close to delivery not knowing anything about the mother’s medical condition.

best thing to do in your case is just find a pediatrician. You are about to have a lot of questions and concerns you never expected, best to know what number to call to get actual answers instead of ignorant or outright dangerous advice from friends and the internet. If you don’t like the pediatrician, switch doctors or just don’t schedule any appointments.


25 posted on 03/03/2014 2:20:13 PM PST by jz638
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To: madison10

My neighbor (missionaries from the U.K.) birthed 3 at home with a midwife. One in Israel. Thru her I have met several who have given birth at home.


26 posted on 03/03/2014 2:20:53 PM PST by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan! (Mrs. Yellowdoghunter))
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To: AlmaKing

So when you show up a the hospital, do you expect them to deliver the baby? My guess is that the hospital will let you use their facilities if there is a pediatrician overseeing the delivery of the baby. It’s up to you to find the pediatrician of your CHOICE. I don’t see government in this. I see hospital policy shaped by legal experiences.


27 posted on 03/03/2014 2:21:06 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: AlmaKing

SOP for many hospitals....my daughter and husband was faced with this last time they had a baby..

They had a doctor from their first baby, but he was on vacation...

Didn’t matter until he sent a letter stating he was the babies doctor...they were not going to release their newborn...


28 posted on 03/03/2014 2:22:36 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AlmaKing

It may not be hospital policy, but a dumbass social worker/glorified clerk that makes stuff up to get the paperwork done.


29 posted on 03/03/2014 2:22:50 PM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: AlmaKing

It sounds as though there is a problem with Obamacare coverage of pediatricians at the hospital where your baby will be born. It isn’t a big deal, but check your insurance and find a pediatrician who will be covered under your insurance plan.

...and stop worrying.


30 posted on 03/03/2014 2:22:53 PM PST by Eva
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To: AlmaKing

Yep. Understand the frustration. Give them a name and move on...


31 posted on 03/03/2014 2:23:24 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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Unless you’re planning on living in a cave and never seeing other humans again, having a Pede is a good idea. Babies get nasty things, and since their systems are so small, those things can kill them in the time you or I would get over a cold.


32 posted on 03/03/2014 2:24:27 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: AlmaKing

Why not just ask your obstetrician for a referral?


33 posted on 03/03/2014 2:24:42 PM PST by Eva
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Have the baby at home.

You stand a better chance that your baby will grow up to be President if he or she is born at home.

Jimmy Carter was the first President to be born in a hospital and we all know how that turned out.


34 posted on 03/03/2014 2:24:46 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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This is not an unusual request. The obstetrician delivers the baby, once it pees (im not kidding) there is a transfer of responsibility from the OB to the pediatrician for affirming health. It’s an institutional standard procedure for which mitigation of risk and responsibility is paramount. Lots of opportunities to be sued if this hand-off is not made correctly. They should have a ped on-call so you might inquire about that.


35 posted on 03/03/2014 2:25:25 PM PST by corkoman
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[Everything is making me upset lately.]

Join the crowd here...


36 posted on 03/03/2014 2:25:53 PM PST by GraceG
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Get a lawyer and fast. Preferably one that has experience in child custody and fighting hospitals to release children. Have your lawyer contact the hospital’s lawyer and determine if this is a clerical error or policy or law.

Also contact your insurance and ask them if this is their policy. Since they are the one who will be paying the bills, they often get listened to more than anyone else.


37 posted on 03/03/2014 2:27:18 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: AlmaKing

Get a lawyer and fast. Preferably one that has experience in child custody and fighting hospitals to release children. Have your lawyer contact the hospital’s lawyer and determine if this is a clerical error or policy or law.

Also contact your insurance and ask them if this is their policy. Since they are the one who will be paying the bills, they often get listened to more than anyone else.


38 posted on 03/03/2014 2:27:19 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: AlmaKing

Home birth


39 posted on 03/03/2014 2:30:32 PM PST by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: yellowdoghunter

Agree. I think it’s just a line on a form. Unless there is really is a law or they actually contact the doctor.

I did this for my son going to school. Nonsense about health forms wherein the state requires you list not just doctor but dentist. I only just signed up dentist for my son, mostly think it’s as am to have kids going to dentists. But anyway, I had no real experience with kid dentists, but wrote the name in anyway. No questions.


40 posted on 03/03/2014 2:32:02 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: AlmaKing

If you were in Tucson, I would tell you to use our former pediatrician’s name. When we moved there, I was a few weeks from having our son. I picked a name from a list and wrote it on my paperwork. I met the pediatrician for the first time in the hospital. We loved her dearly despite her being a liberal. She loved us back. It worked out great for us though I suppose it could have been a disaster!

We birthed another child in another state and had no pediatrician. We wanted to leave early. The resident pediatrician refused to sign us out. A pediatrician who was at the hospital stepped in and signed us out.


41 posted on 03/03/2014 2:35:40 PM PST by petitfour
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If you get a pediatrician, be sure that they belong to the The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), NOT the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has become a leftist organization.

In fact, it would serve you well to contact ACPeds to ask for a list of ACPeds members in your area. Otherwise, you may open up a can of government interference.


42 posted on 03/03/2014 2:40:04 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: AlmaKing
It is a liability issue. Hospitals have been sued for not providing followup care for patients post discharge. They just want a name so they can cross you off the list as a potential lawsuit. Just give them a name,and they get to fill out their forms. You can always change your mind later about the pediatrician you choose post discharge. But, you really should be looking into a pediatrician or family practice doctor now. You would need an appointment with them after discharge to check bilirubin levels for jaundice. and to check the PKU results- among other items. So, I would make finding a pediatrician or family practice doctor now as a priority. Even if you don't like their threats- the safety of your baby is the most important thing, and close followup post delivery is a must.
43 posted on 03/03/2014 2:41:19 PM PST by kaila
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To: AlmaKing

Make up a name with the phone number of the ObamaCare hotline. They WILL surrender.


44 posted on 03/03/2014 2:42:55 PM PST by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: Cyber Liberty

We had a natural physician lined up but just used a general ped to come to the hospital and sign off.


45 posted on 03/03/2014 2:45:27 PM PST by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: AlmaKing

Sounds like it’s time to hire a mid-wife.


46 posted on 03/03/2014 2:49:57 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: AlmaKing

Don’t you have a pediatrician for your other kids? Just give the hospital his/her name.


47 posted on 03/03/2014 2:51:58 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: happyhomemaker

Yeah, that’s basically it. Do the bare minimum of what they want, and go on your way. I don’t think I ever saw my kid’s Pede of record, I never met the guy after we checked out.


48 posted on 03/03/2014 2:52:05 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: P-Marlowe

LOL!!! Too good.

Thanks for the laugh.


49 posted on 03/03/2014 2:52:43 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: GraceG

I hear you.


50 posted on 03/03/2014 2:55:16 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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