Should Delivery Room Photos Be Banned?
Living 2010/12/30 16:00:00
If you're planning on taking photographs of your baby seconds after birth, you'll have to check with the hospital's policies first. A Maryland hospital has banned delivery room photography until five minutes after the baby is born.
According to ABC, Meritus Medical Center put the ban in place after a survey showed that doctors felt it would help them to focus better on getting the baby out safely.
Laurie Shifler, who is pregnant with her eighth child, is furious with the new policy.
"My family has taken pictures of every single one of my children when they were seconds old," Shifler told ABC. "I have pictures of all seven of them on my chest, that new look, that new human being that you just brought into the world."
Shifler claims that the ban infringes on the rights of patients.
Though Shifler has taken the issue up with the hospital personally, the hospital claims that they haven't gotten many complaints.
A representative of the hospital said, "We heard from one expectant mother in late September to complain about the pending policy change. We have not had a single patient complaint since we implemented the policy on Nov. 1."
"What's next," Shifler added, "the father can't be in the delivery room?"
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