Tuesday, January 11, 2011
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Laurie Shifler, pregnant with her eighth child, assumed that family members would again be able to film her giving birth, but hospital officials said no.
On Nov. 1, Meritus Medical Center implemented a policy prohibiting video, film and still photography of deliveries until five minutes after birth. The change is intended to protect patient privacy and reduce potential staff distractions, said Jody Bishop, administrative director of the department that includes the hospital's birthing center.
"Five minutes after the birth, if everybody's well and the physician approves, they can go ahead and start videotaping and taking pictures," Bishop told The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail.
But Shifler and husband Michael, of Cascade, say they'd like to capture the entire delivery.
"You can't get back those first moments," Mrs. Shifler said. "There's no redo."
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