Iowa City — A mother who went to the hospital to give birth was forced to spend four days in a psych ward and her newborn child was kept from her after she criticized the doctor for invading her privacy and he accused her of refusing to take medication from an outdated prescription.
Cheryl Cantaberry gave birth to a healthy baby at the University of Iowa Hospital late last month—but the visit was far from routine. While Cantaberry was recovering in the hospital she complained that one of the doctors on staff, Dr. Vesselin, was making her feel uncomfortable by entering her room without knocking and was not respecting her personal space.
Vesselin accused Cantaberry of being hysterical and began to question her about her former bipolar diagnosis. He asked her if she had been taking medication that was prescribed to her several years ago. Cantaberry informed the doctor that she had not taken the medication in years, and instead manages her mental discomfort with holistic alternatives. She also told him that her history of mental distress was tied to domestic violence, which is why his invasions of her personal space made her feel so uncomfortable.
Vesselin then accused Cantaberry of having an episode and ordered her to take psych medication. But she refused because she wanted to breastfeed her baby and did not want to poison the milk. The refusal sparked an argument with the doctor, in which he insisted that she take the medication, or he would not allow her to see her baby. Cantaberry naturally became extremely upset by the threat as any mother would.
Next, Vesselin called the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and told them that the baby would not be safe to go home with her mother and that Cantaberry needed to be committed to the hospital’s psychiatric ward.…
Remember, doctors know best. That’s why they continue imprinting newborn males with sexual torture. It’s for their own good.