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Childbirth and the Law

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John SeymourAdjunct Professor of Law, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

ISBN13: 9780198264682
ISBN: 0198264682
Published: July 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £102.50

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Childbirth and the Law examines aspects of English, United States, Canadian, and Australian law as it applies to the fetus, the pregnant woman, and the doctor or midwife who provides antenatal and perinatal care. A major part of the book consists of a critical examination of the law's attempts to protect the fetus, which is threatened by conduct such as a criminal assault, maternal drug-taking or parental refusal of medical treatment. The remainder of the work deals with the rapidly expanding and increasingly complex body of law on the liability of obstetricians, general practitioners, and midwives when negligent antenatal or perinatal care has been provided. There are numerous situations in which these health care professionals (or their employees) can be liable to pay damages. They can be sued if their negligence has harmed the mother, caused the birth of an injured, disabled, or stillborn child, or has resulted in the birth of an unwanted child. The book provides a comprehensive statement of the law on antenatal intervention to protect the fetus and on the responsibilities of those who care for pregnant women. By examining the nature of the relationship between a pregnant woman and her fetus, and the operation of child protection and criminal laws and the law of negligence John Seymour explores questions about maternal autonomy, the rights of the woman and the fetus, and the role of the law in protecting those rights and providing compensation when something goes wrong.

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1. Introduction
PART I: THE CURRENT LAW; 2. Legal Intervention when a Fetus is Threatened or Harmed; 3. Elements of a Negligence Action in Obstetrics and Midwifery; 4. Negligent Treatment in Obstetrics and Midwifery; 5. Negligent Failure to Provide Appropriate Information in Obstetrics and Midwifery; 6. Other Actions in Obstetrics and Midwifery; 7. The Assessment of Damages
PART II: ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF THE LAW; 8. The Legal Status of the Foetus; 9. A Question of Autonomy?; 10. Applying the Law of Negligence; 11. After Birth: Maternal Liability for Antenatal Conduct?; 12. The Duty of Care in Obstetrics and Midwifery; 13. The Reality of Negligence Actions and the Need for Reform; 14. Conclusion: The Role of the Law; Glossary of Medical Terms; Glossary of Legal Terms