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Cesarean delivery for fetal distress without maternal consent.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6700909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There have been infrequent reports in the literature discussing maternal versus fetal rights. Such questions generally arise in circumstances in which the mother, for some reason, chooses to refuse a method of therapy which is deemed necessary to benefit or save the fetus. Previous reports have usually involved time periods of 12 to 24 hours, which provided sufficient time to solicit legal intervention. In the case presented here, the time limitation was believed to be within minutes. At issue was the opinion that immediate intervention was mandated in order to salvage a previously normal, full-term infant. This case report presents a dramatic confrontation and an illustration of a dilemma within the arena of contemporary obstetric care. The case in point involves the medical, ethical, and legal prospectives that must be considered when a mother refuses to undergo cesarean delivery in the case of acute and apparently definitive fetal distress.
R Jurow; R H Paul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1984 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-04-26     Completed Date:  1984-04-26     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  596-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cesarean Section*
Child Advocacy
Fetal Distress*
Infant, Newborn
Informed Consent* / legislation & jurisprudence

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