Hospital not allowing patients to film births

When a new baby enters the world families are overcome with excitement and anticipation. The delivery process is usually stressful and overwhelming and some families like to have it on film. A film of the baby’s arrival can be a good memory of the baby’s first moments in the world. But a hospital is no longer allowing the delivery to be filmed. This can lead to a family not having evidence of a birth injury caused to their newborn.

St. Charles Health System in Oregon has now started to ban families videotaping the delivery of a baby. The hospital believes that the videotaping can get in the way and become a distraction from the delivery. But by not allowing the videotaping of deliveries, hospitals are covering their bases in the event something goes wrong. However, this practice will not reduce the number of birth injuries.

A family who has been affected by a birth injury to their newborn can be devastated when this happens at a time that is supposed to be joyful. A birth injury can happen in many ways including a lack of oxygen, Erb’s palsy, and many others. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a family get answers. They can review medical records, consult with medical experts and help families determine what happened to cause the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical expenses and other damages.

Although hospitals say it is to keep the delivery room distraction-free, it is also a way for them to not have the films used against them for malpractice reasons. Families affected by a birth injury have legal rights and can still sometimes hold these medical providers responsible for their negligence.

Source:, “St. Charles doesn’t let families film deliveries“, Tara Bannow, Oct. 8, 2015