The Edwards Family Story

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I was unaware of the Diethylstilboestrol (DES) being administered to suppress my lactation, although I did become aware of this after my return home on the 3rd day to be placed in the charge of my Mother. No one sought my permission for this drug and it shows the intent to prevent my bonding or having any relationship with our infant. Nobody alerted me to the seriousness and I was not aware of the side effects.

I recall being in a docile state of being, but I became alarmed when informed that Bill would go to jail for carnal knowledge this information was immediately followed with a visit from an old man who addressed my parents and said I must sign the document I can only recall signing one document.

I firmly believe the same solicitor breached his legal rights by registering our baby as ‘unnamed baby Toohey’ furthermore I question the signature as being mine on the application.

I was coerced not to name my baby’s father, Mr Edwards acknowledged paternity, he was 19 and I was 18 at the time, and we were engaged with firm plans to marry. We did subsequently marry in June 1964.

Within 24 hours of the birth I was coerced by the Medical staff, who were supported by my parents, to sign a form relinquishing all rights to parent our daughter. I did not receive a copy of that form or any other form or any other records of the birth, nor was I informed of my right to rescind the adoption permission, or to name our baby.

 

I was unaware of the Diethylstilboestrol (DES) being administered to suppress my lactation, although I did become aware of this after my return home on the 3rd day to be placed in the charge of my Mother.