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Jan222010

My Media Release

So, I've been remiss for far too long in not employing a Media Release so I am able to use the photos and information from my clients and others whose births I attend. Up until now, it has been verbal, but in this day and age of the Internet and immediate information transfer, I know I can no longer go by word alone.

I drew this up today from another older one I had. I would love comments and if you see something missing, please let me know... I can add as needed.

If you are one of my clients, by the end of the weekend, you will find this contract in your emailbox.

I'm comfortable with others using this either as a template for their own or even word-for-word. I'm all for protecting oneself - and our clients.

I hereby give my permission for Barbara E. Herrera, LM, CPM to: (please circle acceptable choices) 

______ Take photos of my pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. 

______ Photos may/may not show nudity – breasts – the actual birth with vulva pictures. 

______ May/May not use my name when using my photos or speaking/writing about my pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding or family experience. (She has explained she typically does not use names.) 

______ May/May not use the photos on the following social networking sites: www.NavelgazingMidwife.com (Midwifery website), www.NavelgazingMidwife.squarespace.com (Blog), Facebook, www.YouTube.com, etc. If new technology is created, she will ask specific requests regarding using the photos there. 

______ May/May not submit photos of me, my baby or my family to magazines and media. No photo of the baby will include genitals (inclusive of entire Media Release). I will receive no compensation if the photos are published, but Barb will give our family a copy of the periodical in which the photo appears. Magazines might be hard copy or on the Internet. 

______ May/May not use photos of me, my birth, my baby or my family during conference presentations, midwifery texts and books. 

______ If any opportunity to use the photos arise that are not covered here, Barb will ask specific permission and add it to this Release. 

______ To speak about/Not speak about my pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, parenting on any social networking site, periodical, public speaking engagements, book or midwifery text. If future technology is created, she agrees to ask additional permission to include it. She agrees to use professional discretion and we understand her primary reason for sharing is educational and not voyeuristic. She agrees, if I ask, to disclose where she has discussed me, my pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, parenting and marital situations. 

______ To write about/Not write about my pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, parenting on any social networking site, periodical, public speaking engagements, book or midwifery text. If future technology is created, she agrees to ask additional permission to include it. She agrees to use professional discretion and we understand her primary reason for sharing is educational and not voyeuristic. She agrees, if I ask, to disclose where she has discussed me, my pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, parenting and marital situations. 

While I may make changes in the future to this Media Release, the changes will not be retroactive, but will be from the date of changes forward. 

Barb agrees not to charge me or my family for the photos she takes if I agree to allowing them to be shared. If I do not want her to share any birth or postpartum photos, but still would like her to take pictures, I agree to pay $500 for a birth and $300 for a postpartum session.

Barb agrees to make available all photos she keeps after deleting the blurry or mis-taken pictures.

Barb will keep a copy of this Release in my midwifery chart or, if I am not a midwifery client, in a separate chart specifically for Releases. She will scan the Release and email me the copy. 

I have considered these options and have discussed them with my partner/another important person in my life and understand the importance of full informed consent – and give it here. 

_____________________________________        ________

Mother’s Signature                                                    Date 

_____________________________________        ________

Partner’s Signature                                                    Date       

_____________________________________        ________

Barbara E. Herrera, LM, CPM                                      Date

Reader Comments (5)

Maybe specify something about having identifiable features/faces in the photos? I know I wouldn't mind having pictures of anything shared as long as no one would recognize me.

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAntropologa

Antropologa: That is a great idea! I will incorporate that. Thanks!

January 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

This is a terrific example! I have have to liberally borrow in the future.

(And I agree with Antrolopoga! Good call!)

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDou-la-la

Since you asked for input, I think it's not ok to place the burden of discovery on the CLIENT to have to ask YOU where and when you've discussed her or posted photos of her. Really, shouldn't the burden be on YOU to inform her? Would she really think to check in with you every year on the chance you may have exploited her life since you put no expiry date on her permission? I just don't think it's ok to assume that all clients' private experiences would be fair game for interwebs discussion enough that all would be subject to an advance release. Maybe I'm just old school healthcare practitioner but why not either keep other peoples' private lives and photos only for them to share themselves or get a release if a particular story were to come up? I don't know that women would necessarily know in advance what they'd be getting themselves into until after a story or photo is posted, so their advance consent may not include adequate understanding of the impact. Really, is it that necessary to publish other peoples' private lives? There's so much else to write about.

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLBCNM

My writing is voyeuristic. It's what and how I write. If it makes you uncomfortable, click out. Others, however, are very grateful for the gift the women give all of us, allowing us to learn from their pregnancies, labors, births and postpartum periods. Not everyone gets to go to school with a variety of teachers and, for some, even the educational opportunities are limited.

And then there's the women themselves. Over and over I hear women thank me for illuminating an issue, a symptom, an experience so they are able to deal with their own easier and with more information than they would have had otherwise.

Women ask if they are interested in where their stories are; I rarely have anyone care where their stories are told, mainly because they know me and I talk about stuff where they hang out already.

This is my style of writing. This is my forte. I am a storyteller. And many stories are not my own.

January 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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