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Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support

Birthing Bill of Rights™

Know your rights as a patient

  

Birthing Bill of Rights™  Training Seminar Series

Learn what informed care and cultural sensitivity look like during childbirth and beyond! 

Seminar registration available at Mahoganymaternity.com

PERSONAL

I.  You have the right to ask any questions. 

II.  You have the right to tour the birth center and choose the provider. 

III. You have the right to refuse a provider. 

IV. You have the right to request a specific provider and provider’s gender. 

V. You have the right to refuse a service, procedure or medication. 

VI. You have the right to have your doula with you whenever you need. 

VII. You have the right to submit a birth plan to your provider and require they follow it. 

 SERVICE

VIII. You have the right to know about all types of delivery services offered in the hospital – vaginal birth, Caesarean birth, breech. 

IX. You have the right to ask about Caesarean rates in the hospital. 

X. You have the right to alternative birthing methods – kneeling, squatting, water birth, natural birth, labor at home, etc. 

XI. You have the right to refuse a cervical check. 

XII. You have the right to seek culturally appropriate care and express issues affecting beliefs or cultural issues affecting your birth.

XIII. You have the right to request time to consult with support persons and/or consider options regarding your care. 

XIV. You have the right to refuse students present to audit your birth/procedures. 

 PROCEDURE

XV. You have the right to ask about a procedure and all details regarding the procedure. 

XVI. You have the right to ask and know about overall cost of birthing and delivery.

 MEDICATION

XVII. You have the right to have a medication plan and the right to change your mind. 

XVIII. You have the right to ask about medication and side effects. 

LABOR 

XIX. You have the right to be mobile, stand up, change position, etc. during labor. 

XX. You have the right to who is in the birthing room. Let’s make a plan of who should and who should not be there. 

XXI. You have the right to refuse an episiotomy. 

XXII. You have the right to delay umbilical cord cutting. 

XXIII. You have the right to cord blood banking. Know the Medicaid guidelines for this. 

XXIV. You have the right to keep your placenta if you want to do placenta encapsulation. 

XXV. You have the right to refuse third stage labor management. 

XXVI. You have the right to refuse pitocin. 

XXVII. You have the right to refuse a cervical check. 

POST BIRTH

XXVIII. You have the right to keep baby in the room and keep baby skin to skin. 

XXIX. You have the right to give your baby the first bath. 

XXX. You have the right to refuse drugs. 

XXXI. You have the right to keep your information and status private. 

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Seminar series

The Birthing Bill of Rights™  seminar series is designed to provide evidence-based, culturally informed training on physiological birth, best practices and patients' rights. Each module provides guidance to providers, information regarding procedures for patients and communication guides and cues for all stakeholders in maternal health. 


Seminars are interactive and suited to the organization /audience for professional development and improvement of policies and procedures for better patient and provider relations and improved outcomes.  

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