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Ethics in Midwifery

This book examines the principles and realities of ethics in midwifery practice today. It explains basic ethical theory, looking at how dilemmas occur and the ethical bases on which conflicts can be resolved. Through a series of case studies, options and issues for consideration are reviewed, particularly in areas of increasing concern and debate such as confidentiality, autonomy, screening, abortion, assisted conception and withholding treatment. This book is valuable to all students and practicing midwives who need to understand the principles and practice of ethics, especially how to apply ethical thought and action in their own day-to-day work.

Paperback, 204 Pages

Published: September 2000

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-7234-3172-5

Contents

  • Introduction
    Ethical Theory

    Is ethical reasoning part of everyday life?
    What is ethics?
    What is a moral issue?
    What is a moral dilemma?
    How do we resolve the conflicts do we need ethical theories?
    Ethical theories: -
    Utilitarianism
    Act-utilitarianism
    Rule-utilitarianism
    Some criticisms of utilitarianism
    Deontology:
    Rational monism
    Traditional deontology
    Intuitionistic Pluralism
    Another alternative?
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Part Two

    Chapter One: Introduction to Part Two
    References
    Bibliography

    Chapter Two: Ethical Dimensions of the Midwifes Role
    Practitioner
    Educator
    Counsellor
    Advisor
    Friend

    Chapter Three: Confidentiality
    Case studies
    Discussion of questions
    Further discussions
    Infringement of confidentiality
    For whom is confidentiality/privacy important?
    When do health care workers need to consider confidentiality?
    Applying the theories
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Chapter Four: Accountability
    Case study
    Discussion of questions
    Further discussion
    FOR whom and what are midwives accountable?
    TO whom are midwives accountable?
    Applying the theories
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Chapter Five: Autonomy and Consent
    Case study
    Discussion of questions
    Further discussion
    Autonomy
    Paternalism
    Consent
    Applying the theories
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Chapter Six: Conscientious Objection to Participation in Abortion
    Case study
    Discussion of questions
    Further discussion
    Applying the theories
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Chapter Seven: Assisted Conception
    Case study
    Discussion of questions
    Further discussion
    Applying the theories
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Chapter Eight: Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment
    Case study
    Discussion of questions
    Further discussion
    Applying the theories
    Suggested reading
    References
    Bibliography

    Conclusion
    Glossary
    Index
    Index of Authors

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