The "Baby Mama Syndrome": Book Review

Robert Doyel is stressed over the infants destined to single parents – so stressed, truth be told, that he’s composed a book about the issue. His point of view is an abnormal one: He spent 16 years as a Florida judge, for the most part in family court, where he was associated with more than 15,000 controlling request cases, just as a large number of reliance, care, and paternity cases.

What stresses him so much, he says, is that “there is no deliberate exertion anyplace even to give an account of the issue, not to mention attempt to take care of business.” His interests about “the predominance of unwed births and distinguishing the issues they cause” drove him to compose The Baby Mama Syndrome (Lake Cannon Press).

This book is an eye-opener, investigating the issue of these “delicate families” from various edges, including the issues of misuse, disregard, and savagery. Social specialists, instructors, doctors, medical caretakers, and different experts who manage these youngsters and their folks will be keen on the sheer size of the issue (1.6 million children every year) and the segment information in this book.

Doyel takes note of that the birthrate for adolescents has been crawling down for quite a long while, however the numbers are as yet overwhelming: In 2014, a little more than a fourth of a million infants were destined to young ladies 19 and under. There were 2771 births to young ladies under 15, and the majority of these youthful moms were unmarried.

Despite the across the board supposition that a large portion of these single parents are dark, measurements show that unmarried white moms have the most infants, trailed by Hispanics and afterward blacks.

His insightful and very much inquired about book makes a significant commitment to the national conversation about these infants, their moms, and what occurs as the kids grow up and – very frequently – rehash the disorder. Three highlights of the book are particularly impressive.

Case Studies

This book offers numerous cases considers gathered in designs: female opponents, fathers wedded to another lady, moms wedded to another man, lesbian couples, and the sky is the limit from there – to give some examples. There are likewise triangles, square shapes, and sequential troublemakers. One part manages a mind boggling design that Doyel calls “Infant Mama and Boyfriend versus Infant Daddy and Husband.”

Reading through the stages and intricacies makes an image of the issue that negligible information can’t give – and furthermore opens a window into the causes. “Infant moms” undermine and assault rival ladies who have had various infants by the equivalent “infant daddy.” Married ladies and “infant moms” fight over an “infant daddy” who has fathered their children.

Readers step by step become acquainted with the reasons why these ladies continue having babies by men who won’t wed or bolster them: Jealousy, poor drive control, excessive sexuality, and a powerlessness to take a few to get back some composure on their lives and their prospects. The genuine casualties, obviously, are their children.

Legal Issues

Doyel’s second commitment to the “infant mother” conversation is his point of view as an appointed authority. Laymen frequently believe it’s anything but difficult to make a judgment in instances of viciousness and misuse: Issue a limiting request. Put him (or her, or everybody associated with) jail.

Writing from long stretches of understanding on the seat, he uncovered a portion of the legitimate complexities an appointed authority must arrangement with. “Most definitely,” he expresses, “brutality between two infant moms or between two child daddies is the same as viciousness between two outsiders in a pub fight. That requirements to change.”

Restraining orders have complexities of their own. As indicated by Doyel, “Too often when there is common hostility, one of the aggressors looks for a directive and afterward utilizes it as a blade, not a shield.”

Mutual limiting requests appear to be called for, yet they’re precluded in Florida (where he filled in as an appointed authority) due to another potential issue: Judges may be enticed to utilize them as an approach to abstain from having to making a judgment in an entangled abusive behavior at home case. Result: A problem for an appointed authority managing rival “infant mothers” battling about the man who fathered their children.

One highlight of these “infant mom” hearings is particularly powerful: In his experience, Doyel says, the dads once in a while appear for hearings. Avoiding court, he says, keeps the ladies concentrated on one another as opposed to on their infant daddy’s treachery of both of them.

And then there are petitions, ex parte brief orders, and other lawful complexities – and the reasoning procedures makes a decision about use to hand down choices in these “infant mom” cases. Doyel’s sans language clarifications of different legitimate issues make this book particularly significant for experts who intercede in emergencies including “infant mothers” and their children.


The caption to Doyel’s book clarifies that the infant mom disorder influences everyone: “Unwed Parents, Intimate Partners, Romantic Rivals, and the Rest of Us.” Taxpayers cover clinical tabs, court costs, and different costs for infant moms and their children.

The most significant casualties, obviously, are the kids, who might be exposed to disregard, misuse, and brutality. In any event, when there are no physical threats, a considerable lot of these youngsters witness rough conduct between the grown-ups who should fill in as their job models.

“Cut off the cash” is the rallying call of citizens who need single guardians to assume liability for the decisions they have made. In any case, two parts in Doyel’s book contend that the issue isn’t tackled so easily.

In “Ages,” he talks about what happens when youngsters in “delicate families” grow up. “It is very much recorded,” he says, “that children of fathers who submit demonstrations of abusive behavior at home are probably going to be batterers as well.” But the disorder doesn’t stop there. Studies show that youngster misuse, disregard, and infant mom contentions likewise go from age to generation.

In his last section, “The Baby Mama Syndrome and the Rest of Us,” Doyel talks about cures, including counteraction, sex training, and contraception. He has guaranteed two additional books that will develop these points. Book two will concentrate on savagery, and book three will talk about the destiny of the youngsters who experience childhood in these “delicate families.”

The Baby Mama Syndrome is a coherent and intriguing book. It will be especially helpful to experts who manage these “delicate families.”

by Jean Reynolds

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