Confidentiality Policy

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.

  1. BNA peer ministers and volunteers should refrain from unnecessary discussion of the families served by BNA.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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.