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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