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Avoid Lawsuits and Pink Slips! Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC

by Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 E-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning Ethics Pack

This presentation is a first of its kind: a "survey course" of legal and ethical tensions unique to the IBCLC. Regardless of one’s other professional licenses or credentials, there are four primary practice-guiding documents for the IBCLC. After a review of those “rules of the road,” we’ll navigate a simple algorithm the IBCLC can use to determine what she could, should or must do, in any situation that sets off ethical red flags in the IBCLC’s mind. Then, we’ll hit highlights of legal and ethical issues for the IBCLC: certification vs. licensure vs. certificates-for-classes-and-courses; who is the patient/client?; conflicts of interest (and tensions from “wearing many hats”); intellectual property law; the (WHO) International Code; the IBCLC in the courtroom (as expert or witness); the IBCLC on the Internet; the IBCLC as breastfeeding advocate, and its corollary: the IBCLC as advocate for a breastfeeding mother.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Identify two mandatory practice-guiding documents the IBCLC must follow, and one voluntary practice-guiding document the IBCLC should follow

Objective 2: Show how IBCLCs have a duty to the mother, to the baby, and to the breastfeeding relationship

Objective 3: Define the difference between an expert witness and a fact witness in a court case involving a lactating woman

Objective 4: Describe how the use of social media for lactation support can compromise patient care, and identify one technique to correct it

Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks