Pregnancy & Birth
The Rights of Childbearing Women
The following sources have helped guide the development of this statement of rights:
- American Hospital Association. A Patientís Bill of Rights, revised edition approved by the AHA Board of Trustees on October 21, 1992.
- Annas, G. J. A national bill of patientsī rights. New England Journal of Medicine 338, (10) 695-699, 1998.
- Annas, G. J. The Rights of Patients, second edition. Carbondale, IL; Southern Illinois University Press, 1989.
- Boston Womenís Health Book Collective. Section on "Child-bearing" and chapter on "The politics of womenís health and medical care." In: Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998, pp. 433-543, 680-722.
- Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative,1996. Available at: http://www.motherfriendly.org/
- Enkin, M., Keirse, M. J. N. C., Neilson, J., Crowther, C., Duley, L., Hodnett, E., and Hofmeyr, J. A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, third edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
- International Childbirth Education Association, Inc. The Pregnant Patientís Bill of Rights. Minneapolis: ICEA, 1975.
- Presidentís Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. Appendix A: Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. In its Final Report: Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans. Available at: www.hcqualitycommission.gov/final/append_a.html
- United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Published by the United Nations, 1948.
The Maternity Center Association grants permission to any individual or organization to copy and distribute the Statement of Rights in its entirety as long as credit is given to the Maternity Center Association.
Thank you to George Annas, professor and chair of Health Law at the Boston University School of Public Health, for clarifying the legal status of the individual rights.
Last revised: 2004
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