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Maternal-fetal conflicts. Ethical and legal implications for nurse-midwives.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1757822     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The problem of maternal-fetal conflict presents both ethical and legal challenges to birth attendants as well as to policymakers. This essay suggests that a crisis intervention approach to such conflicts fosters an adversarial view of the relationship between the pregnant woman and her fetus, which can be divisive and counterproductive. A better approach to maternal-fetal conflicts emphasizes mutually held goals rather than countervailing rights and uses the doctrine of informed consent to enhance the pregnant woman's ability to make responsible choices for both herself and her fetus. Nonphysician birth attendants can take a leading role by employing client-centered professional values to develop and extend this cooperative approach to maternal-fetal conflicts.
N M King
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nurse-midwifery     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0091-2182     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nurse Midwifery     Publication Date:    1991 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-02-05     Completed Date:  1992-02-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0365647     Medline TA:  J Nurse Midwifery     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  361-5     Citation Subset:  E; IM; N    
Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599-7240.
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MeSH Terms
Child Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Conflict (Psychology)
Decision Making
Ethics, Nursing*
Infant, Newborn
Informed Consent
Interdisciplinary Communication
Judicial Role*
Maternal Behavior
Maternal-Fetal Relations
Nurse Midwives / standards*
Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Personal Autonomy*
Pregnant Women*
Social Values

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