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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1615         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1020

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to maternity patient rights.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1615        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1020

By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1020) of Jennifer L. Flanagan and Thomas J. Calter for legislation relative to maternity patient rights.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to maternity patient rights.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 70E of Chapter 111 of the General laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the 7th paragraph, the following new paragraph:—

              “Any hospital providing maternity services in the Commonwealth shall fully support all mothers, upon admission, in their infant feeding decisions. This includes protecting maternity patients’ right to be informed and receive complete and culturally competent information and materials on all infant feeding choices. When maternity patients choose a method of infant feeding or medical needs necessitate a certain method, mothers shall be fully supported and counseled, whether exclusively breastfeeding, using donor milk, exclusively formula feeding, or breastfeeding and supplementing with pumped breastmilk, donor milk and/or infant formula.  Maternity patients and their health care providers shall have full access to breastfeeding and other infant feeding materials and educational information, including, but not limited to breast pumps and supplies, feeding supplies and bottles, and infant formula samples and preparation/storage instructions. For exclusively breastfeeding mothers, infant formula and feeding supplies shall be provided only upon physician order or patient request.”

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