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Hospital Bans Photography Until Baby Is Five Minutes Old

Hold off on that hospital photo shoot! Baby's first picture is a keepsake that mamas hold onto forever, but just how soon after birth can the camera be used? While many laboring moms assign photographer duties to a friend or family member to capture their lil one's arrival, a hospital in western Maryland is putting a delay on that first image with a new policy prohibiting video and still photography of deliveries until five minutes after the baby's arrival. According to the hospital, the rule is intended to "protect patient privacy and reduce potential staff distractions."

Would a hospital's photography rules factor into your decision to deliver there?

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TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
And yet another reason for a having a baby in a birthing center, mid-wife, doula and AWAY from the U.S. it's not about you or your child it's about the money and malpractice suits. They can sell that crap to someone drinking the Kool-Aid.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 6 years
I'm sure that somewhere on record there is a lawsuit someone filed against the hospital for this. That's pretty much the only reason for any of these policies. So thank Mr or Mrs Where's my Payday for that.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I definitely wouldn't want to give birth at a hospital with that rule!
Rebecca-M-Gruber Rebecca-M-Gruber 6 years
I cherish those photos of my kids' first moments! I'm sure it is a liability issue. I have heard of hospitals that don't allow video recording, only still photography, but this was the first time I'd heard of this!
kmckay kmckay 6 years
Theres more to this story than patient privacy. Anyone who has given birth knows that privacy isn't something you get a whole lot of during labor!! Also, my favorite picture is the one my husband manages to capture while I was holding my daughter for the 1st time. She was probably 20 seconds old and I wouldn't trade that image!!
jimmynorton jimmynorton 6 years
This is not enough at least 24 hours is good
Heather-Maddan Heather-Maddan 6 years
When I saw this report on the news it made me think that hospitals are doing this to avoid evidence in medical malpractice lawsuits.
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