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Meritus Medical Center officials to revisit ban on delivery photos, videos

Ultimately, the hospital's senior management will decide whether to retain, repeal or amend the ban

January 07, 2011
  • In this file photo, Laurie Shifler, left, and Amber Madigan talk about the new policy for cameras in the delivery room at Meritus Medical Center. Meritus Medical Center officials say they will discuss concerns over a ban on photographing and videotaping deliveries with the committees that helped create the policy. Madigan and Shifler had collected more than 800 signatures since they set up the petition and Facebook page in December, Madigan said Thursday.
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Meritus Medical Center officials say they will discuss concerns over a ban on photographing and videotaping deliveries with the committees that helped create the policy.

Meritus spokeswoman Mary Rizk said Thursday that decision was the outcome of a meeting between staff members from the Women and Children's Services Center and two women from Cascade who started an online petition challenging the hospital's policy.

The policy permits photos and video only after the delivery, once the medical team has determined it to be safe.

Expectant mom Amber Madigan and Laurie Shifler — who gave birth to Kaelii Janine, her eighth child, at Meritus Thursday night — had collected more than 800 signatures since they set up the petition and Facebook page in December, Madigan said Thursday.

On Wednesday, Madigan and Shifler met with Rizk, Jody Bishop, who is in charge of the hospital's Women and Children's Services, and the hospital's head nurse.

Rizk said the women's concerns would be presented to a panel of women and children's center personnel, who,  in turn, would make their recommendation to a committee of gynecologists and obstetricians.

Ultimately, the hospital's senior management will decide whether to retain, repeal or amend the ban after considering the committees' recommendations.

Madigan, who is expecting to deliver her first child in March, said she and Shifler were told that medical staff members were open to allowing still photography during deliveries.  

She said that Bishop told them that she would suggest it to the Women and Children's Services Center Committee, which is expected to meet by within the month.

Madigan said she believed her concerns were heard but was not optimistic things would be different by the time her baby was due.

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