Put the camera away in hospitals

August 5, 2011
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It’s a moment many parents want to record: the birth of a child. I recently read a story out of Pittsburgh that reports some area hospitals are not allowing people to film deliveries. The story doesn’t really get into the reasons why the hospitals claim parents shouldn’t be allowed to film, but I imagine the arguments are the person filming could get in the way of the medical staff.

One hospital cited doesn’t allow any images – including photographs – until the child is born, unless the father is in the military and stationed overseas.

Could it be that if something goes wrong that could be attributed to the doctors or nurses, the hospital doesn’t want any evidence of it? That’s a theory mentioned in the article.

What do you think – should hospitals be allowed to dictate when you can film such a momentous occasion? Do you believe their motives are to protect themselves and their staff from lawsuits?

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  • Delivery Photos
    These decisions should be left to the Physician
    whose policies either permit, or do not permit,
    since the doctor is responsible for the medical
    care, procedure, complications etc.
  • Freedom
    Let doctors set and say their policy freely and let people freely firethem if they are too chicken too allow recordings.

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  1. First comment on this thread is a fitting final comment on this thread, as that the MCBA never answered Duncan's fine question, and now even Eric Holder agrees that the MCBA was in material error as to the facts: "I don't get it" from Duncan December 1, 2014 5:10 PM "The Grand Jury met for 25 days and heard 70 hours of testimony according to this article and they made a decision that no crime occurred. On what basis does the MCBA conclude that their decision was "unjust"? What special knowledge or evidence does the MCBA have that the Grand Jury hearing this matter was unaware of? The system that we as lawyers are sworn to uphold made a decision that there was insufficient proof that officer committed a crime. How can any of us say we know better what was right than the jury that actually heard all of the the evidence in this case."

  2. wow is this a bunch of bs! i know the facts!

  3. MCBA .... time for a new release about your entire membership (or is it just the alter ego) being "saddened and disappointed" in the failure to lynch a police officer protecting himself in the line of duty. But this time against Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/us/justice-department-ferguson-civil-rights-darren-wilson.html?ref=us&_r=0

  4. Dr wail asfour lives 3 hours from the hospital,where if he gets an emergency at least he needs three hours,while even if he is on call he should be in a location where it gives him max 10 minutes to be beside the patient,they get paid double on their on call days ,where look how they handle it,so if the death of the patient occurs on weekend and these doctors still repeat same pattern such issue should be raised,they should be closer to the patient.on other hand if all the death occured on the absence of the Dr and the nurses handle it,the nurses should get trained how to function appearntly they not that good,if the Dr lives 3 hours far from the hospital on his call days he should sleep in the hospital

  5. It's a capital offense...one for you Latin scholars..

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