The day the baby was born, Brown had been in labor for more than 12 hours with little progress when they decided to go to the hospital.
Once the couple, along with Nixon, got to the hospital, "They treated us like we were crazy basically," Kevin Baker said.
Baker said the medical staff accused the couple of putting the baby at risk by having the child at home.
"I was born at home and a lot of our friends had babies at home," Kevin Baker said. "We're educated people who did research... we made an educated decision. We're not just sort of walking into this blind, but that's not the way were treated obviously."
The couple's son, Wesley, was born healthy by cesarean section.
The couple, both Charleston attorneys, had little interaction with Dr. Calhoun, though he was present in the operating room during the surgery, they said.
Nixon came to the hospital with the couple and offered Brown's medical records to the hospital staff, which refused to accept them except for her ultrasound records, Brown said.
In part of the letter, Calhoun criticizes Nixon for not giving Brown antibiotics for a positive group B streptococcus test. Group B strep is a bacterium that can be passed on from mother to child during delivery and can cause stillbirth or infections in infants.
Brown said the antibiotics were made available to her but she declined to take them after doing research.
His complaint that the couple had no backup physician in the case of an emergency was wrong, too, Brown and Baker said. The doctor had agreed but backed out when called upon that day, they said.
Nixon is a past board member for WV Free, Chapman Pomponio said, though she doesn't think attacking Nixon's abortion rights stance was Calhoun's motive for the letter. Calhoun may not have known that Nixon was a board member, she said.
"I don't know Dr. Calhoun, but it seems a pattern has developed here," she said. "[Calhoun has] a very rigid perspective about what women's health care should and shouldn't be. If another health care provider's approach is outside what his rigid idea of medicine is, he attacks it.
"He has a holier-than-thou approach to medicine and that is an insult to the patient receiving care and the patient's health care provider," she said.
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