Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
According to recent news articles, there was a meeting in Riyadh this week regarding patients' rights. I would have loved to attend, but didn't hear of it until after it was over. I'm impressed that this issue is being discussed in Saudi.
I wanted to make a few quick comments about what I dream of in regards to the laboring woman and her patient rights. I'd also like to invite readers to comment and share their ideas as well.
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After hearing of patients' rights discussions in Saudi I began to think about what I would want to see included in such policies with regards to labor and birth. Below are the first ten that come to mind:
- The right to quality childbirth education (covered by government sponsorship and/or insurance).
- The right for women to choose any hospital and birth attendant (covered by government or insurance).
- The right to doula services (covered by government or insurance).
- The right to have any two people attend her labor and birth with her (from start to finish, vaginal or cesarean).
- The right to labor, deliver, and recover in the same room/bed.
- The right to choose her labor and birth positions.
- The right to informed consent with regards to any non-life threatening medical procedure.
- The right to delayed cord clamping and immediate breastfeeding.
- The right to have her birth companion cut the cord.
- The right to keep her baby in her room the entire stay.