COMMENT: Whose baby is it, the parents or the State?

WTOP
December 27, 2010

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Some expectant parents in western Maryland are objecting to a new policy that bans birth photography at the Hagerstown hospital.

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The change took effect Nov. 1, prohibiting video, film or still photography until five minutes after birth.

Meritus Medical Center spokeswoman Jody Bishop says the policy protects patient privacy and reduces potential staff distractions.

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The U.S. Office for Civil Rights says birth photography by a family member or friend doesn’t violate privacy laws, but that some hospitals prohibit it out of a fear of lawsuits.

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