AU: Dads face ban filming birth in new privacy clamp down by hospitals

Marianne Betts reports:

Video cameras are being banned in birthing suites by Victorian hospitals worried about legal repercussions, staff privacy and unnecessary distractions.

The revelation comes a month after the Herald Sun reported almost $20 million was paid in secret from court settlements in 2009 to families whose babies suffered bungled births in Victoria’s public hospitals.

Obstetrics accounted for more compensation payouts than any other field of medicine.

The boom in video recording devices, such as mobile phones, is forcing hospitals to develop protocols on the filming of births – and many are choosing to ban it.

The bans have drawn a mixed reaction from mums, with many saying it should be a woman’s right to have the birth of their child filmed if they wish.

Read more in the Herald Sun.

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