It is both a privilege and a responsibility to be entrusted with the details of something as personal as a prenatal diagnosis, and as precious as an unborn infant. For the families served by BNA, the details are about disability, and possible deformity and/or death.
As a result, those served by BNA have the right to expect that their stories will not be treated in an insensitive or careless
manner. Peer ministry must provide a “safe harbor” of trust so that sharing and in turn healing can occur.
- BNA peer ministers and volunteers should refrain from unnecessary discussion of the families served by BNA.
- When peer ministers or volunteers feel the need to discuss their own experiences with families served, they should do so with other peer ministers and volunteers.
- When discussing families, peer ministers and volunteers should refer to the family and/or mother and father by using the babies’ names as in “Casey’s mother” or “Rodrigo’s parents.”
- Referrals should be handled appropriately and as much as possible information passed directly to a service provider. For example, a referral to priest is best made via direct conversation with him or some other appropriate pastoral care person versus leaving a detailed message with the parish secretary.
- Obtain permission to use or share parent pictures or their stories in ministry promotion before doing so.
It is recommended that all BNA peer ministers and volunteers sign a statement verifying their awareness of this policy. BNA peer ministers or volunteers who do not honor confidentiality should be removed from ministry.