Parents, Babies, Milk and the Law: Legal and Ethical Issues in Bedside Breast/Chestfeeding Support

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

Parent blood tested positive for opiods when they arrived to deliver the baby, and they now want to breastfeed. New parent hands you a print-out from a social networking site, and asks if you agree with the customer ratings given for various breastfeeding supplies. Low-supply NICU parent wants to know if they can bring in expressed human milk from their best friend, who is still breastfeeding a toddler. OB orders a hormonal contraceptive injection on Day 2 for an exclusively breastfeeding mother, and you are concerned the progestin will affect milk supply. Yikes! Who knew the road to safe, natural, biologic-norm breast/chestfeeding had so many legal and ethical potholes? At the end of this session, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the difference between a legal and an ethical responsibility as a health care provider; (2) Define a professional conflict of interest for the medical professional serving clients/patients; (3) Identify three reliable on-line, evidence-based lactation resources for parents, and for health care providers; (4) Implement immediate changes in record-keeping to conform with ethical benchmarks for lactation consultation

This session meets requirements for E-CERP approval, for material covering Ethical and Legal Issues, and Public Health and Advocacy, coming under Section VII. Clinical Skills of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline. 90 minutes is the customary session time, although material can be covered in 60 minutes. A 120 minute session allows for plenty of Q&A at the end, which participants find very helpful.


Country: USA
Phone number: 215-836-9088
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