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The Midwife's Rights and Responsibilities:
The Client's Rights and Responsibilities:
- The midwife has the right to clearly state her expectations of the client's responsibility concerning her prenatal care, in labor and postpartum.
- The midwife has the right to decline to participate in activities she is morally opposed to.
- The midwife has the right to refuse, transfer or discontinue care and to determine and define the conditions appropriate for doing so.
- The midwife has the right and responsibility to gather information regarding client conditions and concerns for which a midwife may need to consult, refer or transfer the client to another health care professional.
- The midwife has the responsibility to clearly state and document when a woman’s choices fall outside the midwife’s practice guidelines.
- The midwife has the right to honest financial information and appropriate compensation.
- The midwife has the responsibility to assist the client in activities that promote the woman’s well being.
- The midwife respects the client’s right to decline treatments or procedures.
- The midwife has the right to a client signature on refusal of recommendation documents.
- The midwife has the responsibility to document the client’s refusal of the midwife’s recommendations in writing and to retain the documents in the client’s records.
- The midwife recognizes, informs and supports the woman’s right as primary decision maker regarding her health care and that of her infant.
- The client has the responsibility to educate herself as primary decision maker regarding her health care and that of her infant.
- The client has the responsibility of participating in her education concerning the potential benefits and risk of treatments and procedures.
- The client has the right to informed consent prior to any procedure and/or prescribed medication to be given to her and her newborn, including risks, benefits, options and alternatives.
- The client has the right to accept or refuse the midwife's recommended care.
- The client accepts the responsibility for outcomes of refusing recommended care.
- The client has the responsibility to truthfully and fully inform the midwife of all matters concerning her own health care history.