Sunday, January 28, 2007
Parents Argue State-Mandated Screenings Violate Religious Tenants
Ray and Louise Spiering wanted to observe a period of silence after their daughter Melynda’s birth, but what they got was an uproar.I think that these parents should be happy that their hospital does these tests. These are the same parents that would be all over the papers if their child passed away after birth from some rare disorder. The tests are not performed so that the nurses can hurt the babies. They are done as a precautionary measure. To give you the piece of mind that your child is not unhealthy.
This family believes that newborns are in pain for at least 3½ days, and don’t want blood drawn — which they believe would cause more pain — for at least that long.
They asked for seven days to complete the testing to avoid any unforeseen problems, although they would have preferred to skip the test altogether.This feel like splitting hairs to me. As the parent of a preemie, I am always frustrated when I read stories like this. This couple should just be thankful that they had a happy healthy baby. If tests need to be done to make sure your baby is alright than do them, go home and enjoy your child.
Could you imagine the stress your newborn would be under with a breathing tube down their throat, an arterial line attached to their belly button and a I.V. in their arm or head?? These parents need some perspective!!