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Re: How can I protect myself?

Posted by OldSchool on December 19, 2001, at 19:02:00

In reply to How can I protect myself?, posted by judy1 on December 15, 2001, at 21:59:01

> I am in my last month of pregnancy and because i have bipolar disorder and because i had a psychotic depression with my last child i feel like no one will listen to me. I have a shrink and therapist and ob doc (who I really like) watching me for any signs. i feel like i can't be honest or i'll be slapped on an AP and in a hosp and i'm so afraid of losing my baby even for a minute. it's like i have to be super normal which is hard because i can't take anything now (meds) except in emergencies and then i'm admitting i have a problem. maybe i'm on the wrong board- judy

First, stay really tight with your family. Inform your family of your fears of losing your baby. Have your family be prepared to take care of your baby for a while if needed. And let the doctors know that your family can take care of your baby if the bottom does drop out.

Secondly, search around for a good attorney. Perhaps a woman attorney who specializes in this sort of thing. If the worst does occur, the attorney can come in and aggressively fight for your rights and make sure the baby remains in your family. Until you recover and then you get your baby back.

Maybe you should hire a mental health advocate to help you during your pregnancy. Check out Bazelon Center for Mental Health law for mental health advocacy groups in your state. The advocate can be part of your "voice" if things really get rough.

It probably wont come to this...Im just suggesting things to do to be proactive. Think ahead.





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