Client Rights
Every woman has the right to...

  • be treated with dignity and respect.

 

  • health care before – during – and after pregnancy with childbirth.

 

  • receive care that is consistent with current scientific evidence.

 

  • choose either a midwife or physician as her maternity care provider.

 

  • choose her birth setting from a range of safe options in her community.

  • leave her maternity care provider and select another if dissatisfied with her care.

 

  • receive information about the professional qualifications of her care providers.

 

  • protection of her privacy and confidentiality per standard practice.

 

  • care that addresses social and behavioral factors affecting pregnancy outcome.

 

  • informed consent to include risks versus benefits of treatments, medications, tests, procedures.

  • accept or refuse treatments, medications, tests, and procedures.

 

  • accept or refuse participation in research studies free of any coercion.

 

  • unrestricted access to her medical records.

 

  • care appropriate to her cultural and religious beliefs.

 

  • have family and friends of her choosing present in all aspects of her maternity care.

  • receive continuous labor support.

 

  • receive in advance options for pain management in labor.

 

  • the freedom of movement in labor.

 

  • uninterrupted contact to her newborn.

 

  • have support with breastfeeding and to refuse all supplements.

 

  • decide collaboratively with her caregivers when to go home after childbirth.