Ethics and Midwifery

2nd Edition

Issues in Contemporary Practice


  • Lucy Frith
  • Heather Draper
    • Print ISBN 9780750653503


    Midwives increasingly face challenging ethical issues which have clinical and legal implications, but they have not always been adequateky prepared to dael with them. This book adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to guide them through dilemmas which commonly occur in clinical practice and to highlight the changing face of the midwifery profession.

    Table of Contents

    Ethics and consent in midwifery. Legal and ethical issues in midwifery practice. Failure to deliver: ethical issues relating to epidural analgesia in uncomplicated labour. Routine antenatal HIV testing and its implications for informed consent. Risk and normality in the maternity services. Midwives and sexuality: earth mother or coy maiden. Ethical issues in neonatal intensive care. Screening and the prefect baby. Ethics of fetal tissue transplantation and research on embryos. Reproductive technologies and midwives. Midwifery and homeopathy. Midwifery autonomy and the code of professional conduct: an unethical combination? Retention and autonomy in midwifery practice. Midwifery Research: some ethical considerations. Researching sensitive issues: a personal view.


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    About the authors

    Lucy Frith

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Lecturer in Ethics, Department of Primary Care, University of Liverpool, UK

    Heather Draper

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics, The Centre for Biomedical Ethics, University of Birmingham