Legal and Ethical Considerations

Whenever an LC offers advice or touches a mother or baby, she is risking a potential legal action. The action that is most likely to be brought includes battery (when a client does not consent to being touched by another person), breach of warranty (meaning that a service promised verbally or in writing is not provided), or the infliction of emotional distress (usually through a reckless, intentional, or negligent act that harms the patient) (Bornmann, 1986). People usually sue health-care workers not because of their clinical actions but because they are angry with them or for some other reason. Therefore, the most effective protection against such actions is establishing a mutually respectful relationship and rapport. The LC's pattern of practice should include the following:

• Obtain permission—at least verbal, but preferably written--before touching the client or her infant. In different cultures, how one touches a baby may be important. For example, in some cultures, use of the left hand to do a digital

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