Birth Professionals Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Code of Ethics is intended to encourage and preserve the integrity of the birth photography industry.

 Professionalism

• I will exhibit professional conduct at all times. This includes interactions with clients, peers, medical professionals, birth team members, support staff, administration and others. I will remember that in each interaction I am the face of the birth photography industry and I represent it as a whole.

• I commit to follow all hospital/birth center rules and regulations.

Honesty

• I will be honest and kind to clients, peers and other birth professionals.

Accountability

• It is an industry standard to ensure that I have backup gear when shooting birth photography.

• I carry appropriate insurance for my business.

• I am accountable to my clients. I abide by our contract in regard to being on call, image delivery and archiving.

Law:

• I agree to abide by copyright laws. Copyright infringement is strictly prohibited. This includes both image theft and plagiarism.

• I have the appropriate business license in accordance with local laws and regulations.

• I pay tax in accordance with the local, state, regional and national laws.

• I utilize legal contracts with all clients to protect both my business and my client.

• I do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability or other factors.

Respectfulness

• I will show respect for the birth space at all times. This includes respecting the birth choices a family makes, the birth team, care providers, location rules and family members involved.

• I agree that the job of the medical staff is a higher priority than getting a particular photograph.

Confidentiality

• I provide my clients with confidentiality in accordance with our contract at all times. This is particularly important when sharing my presence at a birth as well as images, especially those of intimate nature, on social media. I always make sure I have permission before sharing.