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(410 ILCS 50/3.4)
Rights of women; pregnancy and childbirth.
(a) In addition to any other right provided under this Act, every woman has the following rights with regard to pregnancy and childbirth:
(1) The right to receive health care before, during,
and after pregnancy and childbirth.
(2) The right to receive care for her and her infant
that is consistent with generally accepted medical standards.
(3) The right to choose a certified nurse midwife or
physician as her maternity care professional.
(4) The right to choose her birth setting from the
full range of birthing options available in her community.
(5) The right to leave her maternity care
professional and select another if she becomes dissatisfied with her care, except as otherwise provided by law.
(6) The right to receive information about the names
of those health care professionals involved in her care.
(7) The right to privacy and confidentiality of
records, except as provided by law.
(8) The right to receive information concerning her
condition and proposed treatment, including methods of relieving pain.
(9) The right to accept or refuse any treatment, to
the extent medically possible.
(10) The right to be informed if her caregivers wish
to enroll her or her infant in a research study in accordance with Section 3.1 of this Act.
(11) The right to access her medical records in
accordance with Section 8-2001 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(12) The right to receive information in a language
in which she can communicate in accordance with federal law.
(13) The right to receive emotional and physical
support during labor and birth.
(14) The right to freedom of movement during labor
and to give birth in the position of her choice, within generally accepted medical standards.
(15) The right to contact with her newborn, except
where necessary care must be provided to the mother or infant.
(16) The right to receive information about
(17) The right to decide collaboratively with
caregivers when she and her baby will leave the birth site for home, based on their conditions and circumstances.
(18) The right to be treated with respect at all
times before, during, and after pregnancy by her health care professionals.
(19) The right of each patient, regardless of source
of payment, to examine and receive a reasonable explanation of her total bill for services rendered by her maternity care professional or health care provider, including itemized charges for specific services received. Each maternity care professional or health care provider shall be responsible only for a reasonable explanation of those specific services provided by the maternity care professional or health care provider.
(b) The Department of Public Health, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Department of Children and Family Services, and Department of Human Services shall post, either by physical or electronic means, information about these rights on their publicly available websites. Every health care provider, day care center licensed under the Child Care Act of 1969, Head Start, and community center shall post information about these rights in a prominent place and on their websites, if applicable.
(c) The Department of Public Health shall adopt rules to implement this Section.
(d) Nothing in this Section or any rules adopted under subsection (c) shall be construed to require a physician, health care professional, hospital, hospital affiliate, or health care provider to provide care inconsistent with generally accepted medical standards or available capabilities or resources.
(Source: P.A. 101-445, eff. 1-1-20; 102-4, eff. 4-27-21.)