Horrifying True Story of DHS Harassment from Mother Sarah
SUMMARY: This true story of DHS harassment and suspected targeting may give you second thoughts about your doctors’ action and/or collusion with DHS/CPS. Has this ever happened to you?
If so, you’re not alone and we’d love to hear from you and feature your story to be heard. Please read her testimony below:
I’m so traumatized by it, it actually now kinda gives me PTSD, but I was so livid at first I was looking up laws, corrected and pointing out my rights one day out of my c-section, to the point “mandatory rules” became choices after I challenged them calling lawyers I wanted justice, but I guess I realized from what the doctors had documented, I looked like someone I wasn’t, I knew this was happening but horrified when I saw the paperwork after the fact…
I realized I was being targeted I just didn’t know what would they get out of this, the DHS agent that showed up on my doorstep was shocked they’d released me, he said that the report they made allowed for them to keep the baby in custody, but it did make sense since they released us.
I remember balling my eyes out scared to sleep thinking I couldn’t imagine them doing this to another mother, who didn’t deserve it, and all the time wasted on me when there are children who actually need there defense.
My husband said I was being delusional, but when DHS gets involved I know, it wasn’t the time to let my guard down, I researched and saw things like this, and realized if this wasn’t far fetch, then the “agenda” I saw the doctors seemed to be on wasn’t at all paranoia.. it’s kida comforting to know I wasn’t crazy. But pisses me off that the children and parents relying on them, they torment instead of help.
So, now putting the fear aside, remembering the trauma, and my own silent pleas, I would do anything to not have another mother suffer what I went through especially mentally and emotionally that week in the hospital following my daughter’s birth, and the nightmare that seemed to linger after.
It’s not anything I even knew how to explain my side without worrying. It’s wanting to be the best, makes us great parents, we will fall short, but there’s not doubt in a parent that does right by their children, your whole world exists in the most fragile breathing being, and it’s terrifying having anyone or anything threaten the safety only you know you can provide.
Once, I realized mine had been fabricated “set the stage” with doctors notes and summaries I didn’t see until specially requesting for them, after the fact when I was gung how for getting justice, until I saw the deck was stacked against me before I even knew it. They lied, they had me on oxycodone for the surgery pain relief. Drug tested my daughters poop when it had already transitioned (Four days old/Three days of being breastfed) no longer meconium, and said it was meconium to get the result they wanted…. I tried finding where they have to list a description of the sample and there was nothing, but I had the nurse attest to it was no longer meconium…. Didn’t matter.
Well we knew a month or two before my due date, there was an alternative agenda, we didn’t know what, we didn’t know why, but our gut instincts put us on high alert, we didn’t trust them with any more information that they needed. So knowing I had an emergency minor surgery a week before what ended up being my scheduled c-section because the pain was so intense and problem persisted where I literally couldn’t walk from the pain, they gave me 10mgs of oxycodone when leaving the hospital, so we choose not to sign or agree to voluntary drug screening and unless there’s a medically proven reason for it, they can’t force it… If there was a medical need for it of course we’d sign off at any second after baby arrived, but nothing before.
They started lying and I heard the nurses whispering out the room, they needed to start NAS scoring, I already knew what this was I’m prescribed adderall for a sleep disorder, and this was done with my first, I was aware and in the loop the whole time with her…. so I already knew what they were doing when I asked they game a bs reason, two nurses later, they told me the truth, then said they require mandatory supplemental feeding. My milk came in on day one, so this was was bullshit, I asked for proof of this policy, they brought my word documented printouts of suggestions. I pointed this out, “the mandated supplemental feeding” then all of a sudden became optional. The doctor I knew had problems with me had been checking on the baby, (Willow) I had a rare disorder that causes an extreme extra amount of fluid, Willow needed 20 mins of resuscitation after birth, she had over 5 mls fluid in her lungs, so she had aspiration following, and was running intermittent low temps. The doctor said this was because of withdrawal, and that was the only reason, I was actually terrified Willow could have an infection knowing that wasn’t a good answer that was her wanted diagnosis, which she agreed cold be possible in the scenario but not in Willows case. The doctor then told the nurse to drug test the baby, I asked what the nurse was doing, she told me the doctor said I ok’d drug testing… I said NOOOO, there is no reason, she hasn’t even near met your scoring requirements to even justify, Dr. was mad, the next visit tried to override parental consent… this is where I started looking up Oregon laws, reciting facts for them, so much we were at a standstill. Dr terrible had her last visit, read her vitals just a number high into the abnormal, the nurse had her vital checked to do immediately after and vitals were all normal. We had an all out verbal brawl at this point pointing out incompetence so much, we actually on day four because threats of DHS and having Willow withheld from us for refusal to drug test were threatening enough we knew we had nothing to hide and thought it was in our best interest to document agreeing and shoving the results down the Drs. throat. Well they had pretty much rushed us out the hospital as fast as the good with all my legal references, I hadn’t slept in three days at this point scared they’d take advantage. Upon release the hand put in an emergency infant welfare check, we hadn’t been home more that two hours when DHS showed up. One day before they would have had to drop it from no follow up DHS Jonathan Amos call to set follow up interviews to keep the case open.
But all my research showed if infant poop has already transitioned it’s no longer valid form of drug testing for meconium, as meconium would read backdated but the transitional would have been all freshly introduced and I was on 15 mgs of oxycodone every three hours for a few days, well after the nurse who saw me screaming in pain from just tylenol put her foot down at the barbaric treatment than demanded pain relief for me bless that nurses heart cause I wasn’t going to ask for shit. I wish I could remember this angels name. But I only saw her once, I might have written it down, infuriated, most of the nurses treated me like I was a neglectful undeserving mother, two of them after realizing and hearing my story saw I was being mistreated and targeted and started treating me like I was a human. But it was that final test, they lied about the sample and had involved DHS anyway…. We would have been better off never agreeing knowing if it had been documented accurately, but knowing they’d use this for their own purposes, we would have had our “We told you so moment”. But it was that, that caused the continued investigation, which hasn’t been closed still lingers over our head until they decide to pop back up again.
Knowing I knew the truth, I set out to prove how wrong and inappropriately they handled this, requesting all the NAS monitors and wanting to set the record straight by knowing what I wasn’t seeing the doctors were since it was obvious they’re minds were being made up before they even spoke to me. So when I saw all the “chart notes & patient summaries” (only available upon request) I was appalled this doctor had been lying and painting a picture for a while without my knowing, and I was told even if a record is deleted, it will always be on your chart…. lol so what good is that then? Do I give up and yes the case is still open…. 9 months later.
I took pictures of the diapers we collected as proof lol, but we have limited pics as I was covered in sweat and tears the days following… I do have a picture though of my husband, daughter, baby and me on the hospital bed. This one is day one before the bulk of the bullshit. I also have a second picture of just me and Willow and you can see the emotional drain and my puffy eyes definitely not a glamor shot.
I remember being petrified of her crying since if she cried they’d score her as a drug baby, but normal newborns were allowed to cry, so I wouldn’t sleep, I’d be balling my eyes out rocking her, playing praise and worship songs praying to God she wouldn’t cry, as tears poured down my face.
Worst experience ever.