Client's Rights

01. The right to be treated with respect and dignity, and without prejudice.

02. The right to informed consent concerning her care, having access to relevant information upon which to base decisions.

03. The right to freedom from coercion in decision making.

04. The right to full disclosure of the costs of her care.

05. The right to know who will participate in her care and to obtain additional consultation of her choice.

06. The right not to be abandoned, neglected, or discharged from care without opportunity to find other care.

07. The right to absolute privacy, except where this right is preempted by law.

Midwife's Rights

01. The right to refuse care to clients with whom no midwife/client relationship has been established.

02. The right to discharge clients from her care, provided adequate referral to other care is extended.

03. The right to receive honest, relevant information from clients upon which to base care.

 

CODE OF ETHICS FOR ALASKAN MIDWIVES
Adopted by the Board of Certified Direct Entry Midwives
On April 26, 1994

01. The principal objective of the midwifery profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of the human race. Midwives should merit the confidence of clients entrusted to their care, rendering to each a full measure of services and devotion.

02. Midwives should strive continually to improve their medical knowledge and skill, and should make available to their clients and colleagues the benefits of their professional attainments.

03. A midwife should practice a method of maternal care utilizing accredited research as a criteria for care, and promote such research.

04. The midwifery profession should safeguard the public and itself against midwives deficient in moral character or professional competence. Midwives should observe all laws, uphold the dignity and honor of the profession and accept its self-imposed disciplines. They should expose, without hesitation, illegal or unethical conduct of fellow members of the profession.

05. A midwife may choose whom she will serve. In a life-threatening emergency, however, she should render service to the best of her ability. Having undertaken the care of the client, she may not neglect her, and unless she has been discharged, she may discontinue services only after giving adequate notice.

06. A midwife should not dispense her services under terms or conditions which tend to interfere with or impair her midwifery judgment and tend to cause a deterioration of the quality of midwifery care.

07. A midwife should seek consultation and/or referral upon request, in doubtful or difficult cases, or whenever it appears that the quality of health care would be enhanced thereby.

08. A midwife may not reveal the confidences entrusted to her in the course of midwifery attendance, or deficiencies she may observe in the character of clients, unless she is required to do so by law or unless it becomes necessary in order to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.

09. The honored ideals of the midwifery profession imply that the responsibilities of the midwife extend not only to the individual, but also to the society where these responsibilities demand her interests and participation in activities, which have the purpose of improving both the health and well being of the individual and the community.