Thanks to Hathor the Cow Goddess for this one. CPS in Spokane, Washington, removed a baby from his parents after an unassisted homebirth (a sucessful footling breech, if the facts are correct). This hasn't hit the mainstream media (yet), so I hesitate to publish facts that are unconfirmed, but here you go:
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The baby was returned to the parents after a hearing. Apparently, mom is on some anti-depressants considered incompatable with breastfeeding, so she has agreed to wait until the drugs have cleared her system before resuming breastfeeding. The medical facts may be incorrect (there are very, very few drugs which can't be taken by a breastfeeding mother), but not an entirely unreasonable stipulation.
I hear this question a lot: Is homebirth legal? And I can't emphasize this enough - There is no state in which homebirth (attended or otherwise) is illegal. I heard someone say recently (thanks, Steve!) that "homebirth" is a noun, and nouns cannot be illegal, only verbs can be illegal; that is to say, only acts are illegal. There are many States in which a person (such as a midwife) performing certain acts at a birth (such as catching a baby, checking dilation, or administering pitocin for postpartum hemorage) are performing acts which are illegal (i.e. they constitute the unlicened practice of medicine or nurse-midwifery); therefore we say that "midwifery is illegal" in this State or that State.
When CPS investigates a family for homebirth or UC, what is really of legal concern is medical neglect. If the baby is not sick or injured, or is under the care of a doctor or other professional (such as a midwife in States where the scope of their license includes newborn care), there's not really any issue. Really.