Worldwide Mothers support Habiba! IMMF Give her baby back
  • Petitioned Paloma Martin

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Paloma Martin
Instituto Madrileño del Menor y la Familia

Worldwide Mothers support Habiba! IMMF Give her baby back

    1. maggie organizingchaos
    2. Petition by

      maggie organizingchaos

      *, NE

On May 30, 2011, the Minor and Family Institute of Madrid, Spain (IMMF - Instituto Madrileño del Menor y la Familia) took a child away from her mother because she would not comply with their demand that she abruptly wean her daughter using medication to dry her milk supply.  The child was removed to a different shelter without explanation or notice, and the mother was evicted from the shelter. The IMMF claims that Habiba’s parenting practices (which included on-cue breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and “being affectionate”) were chaotic and harmful to her child.

No legal procedure was or has been followed to separate this mother from her daughter.  She was not allowed to say goodbye to her daughter and she was not told where they were taking the child, provoking feelings of severe helplessness.

Habiba was thrown to the streets in the same moment that her daughter was taken, she was told there was no longer a place for her as the residence was for mothers and she did not have a daughter anymore. A humanitarian aid foundation has given her protection, shelter, sustenance and legal aid.

We consider the case of Habiba and her daughter to be a severe violation of Human Rights and Children’s Rights. The damage is already done, but if mother and daughter can reunite it can be healed. We demand the immediate release of the child to her mother.



Medical Statement Documenting Habiba's Parenting Capacity:

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=11dqrDVBudn2oA47veGcpQQPDzvivWtgNatA9H5q_1GM&pli=1



PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND VISIT THE WE ARE ALL HABIBA PAGE ON FACEBOOK TO LEARN MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP HABIBA GET ALMA BACK!



Author Sheila's Kitzinger declaration on the case:
Far from protecting a child, the separation of a breastfed baby from her mother is an act of violence against both the woman and her child (Klaus M, Kennell J. Maternal Infant Bonding, St Louis: Mosby, 1976). It can have long-term psychological and social consequences (Winnicot D. Babies and their Mothers, Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1987). Research into the social origins of depression reveals that a major element in unhappiness is the lack of an intimate, confiding relationship. That starts with the closeness of mother and baby and the spontaneous communication between them (Brown B, Harris T. Social Origins of Depression, London: Tavistock, 1978). This institutional violence also reveals an amazing ignorance of breastfeeding and human psychology.

Baby-led weaning is normal in many countries around the world. It is not just about the mother possessing the baby, but the development of relationships. Anthropological evidence reveals that baby-led weaning is often common in societies where breastfeeding is not medicalised (Kitzinger S. Rediscovering Birth, London: Pinter and Martin, 2011).

This baby must be returned to her mother as a matter of urgency and should be able to suckle whenever she wants to.

Sheila Kitzinger MBE, M Litt, Honorary Professor Thames Valley University, author of 'Breastfeeding Your Baby', 'Understanding Your Crying Baby', 'Rediscovering Birth' and 23 books on birth, breastfeeding and the sociology of motherhood, published in 24 countries.



For more information please visit http://www.amormaternal.com/2011/06/please-help-habiba.html)

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. VICTORY! ALMA IS RETURNED TO HABIBA'S ARMS!

      maggie organizingchaos
      Petition Organizer

      Fundación Raices reported today:

      WE DID IT!!!

      They're TOGETHER; HUGGING AND FREE!!! Little Alma is recovering emotionally with her head on her mothers chest, without taking her head off not even for an instant, as though this whole ordeal had been a bad dream. Habiba is glowing as we had never seen her before. Rest assured that everything you've done has been worth it. Alma, Habiba as well as all of us will be forever greatful for all your support.

      WE ARE ALL HABIBA and Worldwide Women Support Habiba reached 10,000 supporters and approximately 3,000 signed this change.org petition.

      As individuals, we have each contributed our effort and together we became a force, empowered to effect real human rights change! Thank you so much for your support!

      This petition will remain open during this day of celebration, but much work remains, as Habiba and Alma are representative of the injustices against mothers and children continuing throughout the world.

      The IMMF still should be held accountable for its actions.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    • Marie Hartwell SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Habiba -- As a mother, I feel your pain and hope and pray that you'll get your daughter back very soon. Love, Marie

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    • Ilke Keuter HEANOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      I believe this to be a great injustice. I'm a firm believer in breastfeeding on demand, for longer than the first months and sleeping together can be very healthy and comforting for a child, especially when a big change has taken place like changing countries and living in a shelter. Even if the mother needed help with other things, why not give support and teach her how to do better instead of mistreating both mother and child in this horrific way.

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    • Juliana Blessington SAVANNAH, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      Give the baby back to her mother! It was cruel to both to separate them. Apparently, you folk are not FIT to make such decisions!

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    • Danielle Kahler WHITE SANDS, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      THANK YOU FOR REUNITING ALMA WITH HABIBA! MOTHERS NEED THEIR BABIES AS MUCH AS THE BABIES NEED THEIR MOMMIES! DONT EVER LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Hannah Holden MISSOULA, MT
      • over 3 years ago

      Stop choosing what's right for a mother and her child.

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