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"Good mothering" or "good citizenship"? : conflicting values in choosing whether to donate or store umbilical cord blood.
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PMID:  23180199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Umbilical cord blood banking is one of many biomedical innovations that confront pregnant women with new choices about what they should do to secure their own and their child's best interests. Many mothers can now choose to donate their baby's umbilical cord blood (UCB) to a public cord blood bank or pay to store it in a private cord blood bank. Donation to a public bank is widely regarded as an altruistic act of civic responsibility. Paying to store UCB may be regarded as a "unique opportunity" to provide "insurance" for the child's future. This paper reports findings from a survey of Australian women that investigated the decision to either donate or store UCB. We conclude that mothers are faced with competing discourses that force them to choose between being a "good mother" and fulfilling their role as a "good citizen." We discuss this finding with reference to the concept of value pluralism.
Maree Porter; Ian H Kerridge; Christopher F C Jordens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-12-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of bioethical inquiry     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1176-7529     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bioeth Inq     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101250741     Medline TA:  J Bioeth Inq     Country:  New Zealand    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), Central Clinical School, University of Sydney, Level 1, Medical Foundation Building, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, 2006, Australia,
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