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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.

Privacy Rule

What is HIPAA?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA").1 The Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals' health information—called "protected health information" by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule — called "covered entities," as well as standards for individuals' privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used.

(Information from the Department of Health & Human Services)


Who is covered by the Privacy Rule? 

  • Health Plans

  • Healthcare Providers

  • Healthcare Clearinghouses

What information is protected?

  • the individual's past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,

  • the provision of health care to the individual, or

  • the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,

Quick Links​

HIPAA for Professionals

HIPAA for Professionals |

HIPAA for Individuals

HIPAA for Individuals |

Filing a HIPAA Complaint

Filing a HIPAA Complaint |


HIPAA FAQs for Individuals |

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