Hospitals Ban Cameras in Delivery Room - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/5/05

Hospitals Ban Cameras in Delivery Room

Parents who want to film their child's birth are being told more often these days that they will have to settle for still photos instead.

The American Medical Association says a move is underway to ban video cameras in the delivery room. The problem is the soaring incidence of litigation. With malpractice insurance already sky high for doctors, many obstetricians feel pressured now to ban cameras in the delivery room out of fear that the video could be used as evidence against them in court.

We checked here in Lubbock, and Highland Medical allows parents to take video in the delivery room, but only after the baby is born, not during delivery. That used to be the policy at UMC, but recently they changed that. Video cameras are not allowed during or after delivery there any more. Covenant has never allowed video cameras period.

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