The following code is for all practitioners who work under birthlight’s umbrella as a Birthlight Certified Teachers or Practitioners.

1. Responsibilities of the Practitioner

a. Practitioners must not:

1. Act outside the legal framework of the Charity or do anything to prejudice Birthlight’s charitable status

2. Act outside the FSB (Federation of Small Business) Good Business Code regarding relationships with competitors in the market place and the marketing of services and products

3. Act outside of the Roles and Responsibilities agreed between Birthlight members at all levels: Certified Teacher Level 1, Certified Teacher Level 2, Practitioner and Tutor

4. Undertake responsibilities that are not commensurate with their level of skills and competency.

b. Practitioners should at all times monitor the limits of their own competence. Where these limits are reached, they must refer to others more able to help. Where a practitioner has become, through whatever means, unable to work effectively He/she should withdraw from work until such time as he/ she is able to work effectively again. The decision to withdraw from work should be notified to Birthlight in order to keep up to date registers.

c. In accordance with the quality standards of Birthlight, under no circumstances should Birthlight classes exceed 20 women or 16 parent-infant pairs. Lower numbers of 10 women and 8 parentinfant pairs must be respected by trainee teachers or those taking further modules while preparing their case studies.

2. Relationship with client

a. Practitioners need to respect the dignity and worth of their clients as individual human beings, with a view to increasing the range of choices available to them and recognising the client?s ability to take responsibility for the decisions she makes.

b. Practitioners should recognise that clients may be in a vulnerable state and must not take inappropriate advantage of them at any time. To this effect, practitioners must ensure adequate communication takes place with the client and that the client is capable of placing appropriate value on the advice she is given.

3. Relationship with the medical profession

a. Birthlight seeks to work with the medical profession in the best interests of mother and baby. Birthlight encourages instructors and practitioners to work in harmonious collaboration with midwives and GPs, hospital or community care teams and also to be part of or create integrated health care networks in their areas.

4. Confidentiality

a. Confidentiality is intrinsic to good practice and is an ethical requirement. Information that is confidential includes the identity and personal details of the client, and any data that could lead a third party to infer what is confidential e.g. the name of the client. Where a practitioner has any doubts about the limits of confidentiality she/he should discuss this with a Birthlight tutor.

b. The principle underlying the practice of confidentiality extends to not discussing clients with involved colleagues in a manner that trivialises the client or the work.

c. In extreme circumstances e.g. where a client’s condition is causing concern, the practitioner should consult with a director of Birthlight or an appropriate member of the Board of Trustees and decide whether or not to communicate with the client?s medical advisors. The practitioner must inform the client of these actions before confidence is broken.

d. Where a practitioner wishes to use specific information gained during work with a client (e.g. in a lecture/talk, publication or video), the patient’s permission must be  sought and, when desired, anonymity preserved.

5. Supply of products, preparations and information

a. Any preparations (herbal remedies, massage oils, tisanes etc.) used by practitioners in Birthlight classes must be obtained from a reputable source and supplied with proper instructions and information on contraindications.

b. Any information or product supplied by birthlight practitioners to their clients in Birthlight classes must be of a professional standard and where applicable, checked with appropriate medical sources.

c. All members of birthlight must respect copyrights, registered trade-marks and media rights if they use protected texts, images or music in their classes.

d. In the case of conflict or litigation birthlight will not take responsibility for any products, preparations or information used by instructors and practitioners in their classes without previous formal endorsement by birthlight.

6. Health and Safety

a. The Directors of Birthlight are responsible for formulating a Health and Safety policy that all practising members should adhere to.

7. Insurance

a. All certified professionals working under the umbrella of birthlight need to ensure that their policy includes personal indemnity.

b. Practitioner Insurance should be at an appropriate level and reassessed on an appropriately regular basis.

c. Birthlight will not take responsibility or accept liability for instructors or practitioners in countries where they teach without personal indemnity insurance.

8. Termination of relationship

a. The Directors of birthlight have the duty to monitor the work of practitioners to ensure compliance with safety and/or quality standards. Evidence of breach of these standards may call for an immediate formal termination of Membership.

b. Complaints and disputes will be handled in accordance with procedures established by the British Council of Yoga Therapy and arbitrated before resorting to legal resolutions.

c. Birthlight will support Members who are involved in a public liability case in good faith but cannot take responsibility to support or protect Members who have been shown to deliberately damage birthlight’s reputation and have incurred a public liability inquest.

9. Criminal prosecution

a. Practitioners have the duty to inform the Directors and the Trustees of Birthlight immediately if they are threatened with criminal prosecution or litigation in a civil court concerning professional practice.

Birthlight moral values

a. We do encourage the use of mentors, a long-standing tradition within yoga training from teacher to pupil, which integrates an altruistic component in our training programme: everyone receives while being trained and gives once trained.

b. Contacting other professionals in one’s area  whether they are part of birthlight or not and being polite to them is in compliance with the business code, which recommends this as a desirable thing to do. Going one tiny step further and making friendly rather than merely polite contact is a yogic moral rule encouraged within the Birthlight code of Good Practice.